Ministry of Health Media Release
You will have seen that the Prime Minister has announced that the first case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in New Zealand.
This case was identified because the person and the family affected did the right thing and got in touch with health authorities.
The patient confirmed with COVID-19 is being treated in Auckland City Hospital. They are in an improving condition in isolation, in a negative pressure room to prevent any spread of the disease.
This is a good wake up call. New Zealand has been free of the virus to date, but we knew that would not last.
What is still important is that we are all careful and observe basic health safety.
Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defence:
* wash your hands often with soap and water before and after eating, as well as after using the toilet
* cover coughs and sneezes with clean tissues or your elbow
* put used tissues in the bin
Please encourage anyone to stay home if unwell. If you are concerned that someone is showing symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath, encourage them to first ring Healthline (0800 358 5453) or contact their GP by phoning ahead of their visit to explain symptoms and travel history. Take care of yourself, your whanau and your community through these measures.
We are still focused on ‘keeping it out, and now stomping it out’ through track, trace and contain measures. It’s still important we all continue to be alert but not alarmed.
In addition to the above, please have a look at the following links. These videos will be/ have been shared in the class by teachers with their students. They are a good way to explain to children (of all ages) about hygiene and Coronavirus.
Brainpop - Coronavirus - More 7 - 11 years olds - talks specifically about Coronavirus/media/social media impact etc.
Nanogirl - How to wash your hands science experiment - all ages, an experiment you can do with your child to show how hand washing helps to prevent the spreading of germs.
Henry the Hand - Two videos on this page - the first is explaining flu/gastro prevention, the second - scroll down to the bottom of the page.
Sneezing 101 - A video about how to sneeze properly - presented by children.