Protecting your whānau
The most important things you and your whānau can do to keep safe are:
- Washing and drying your hands often and thoroughly. Use hand sanitiser when you don’t have soap and water on hand.
- Covering coughs and sneezes with your elbow, or tissues, and washing your hands straight afterwards.
- Staying home from school or work if you are sick.
- Wearing a face covering, such as a face mask or scarf, if you are out in public and can’t maintain a safe distance from others (eg public transport).
- Regularly cleaning surfaces, such as bench tops, taps and tables.
- Practising safe physical distancing whenever possible
- Keeping track of where you’ve been. Download the NZ COVID Tracer app or keep a diary or notebook of your movements.
As your children settle back into school, it’s important to remember the following:
- If your child is unwell with any of the symptoms of COVID-19 (see below), please keep them at home, call your doctor or Healthline (0800 358 5453) for advice, and arrange for them to get a COVID-19 test as soon as possible.
- If you have been advised by Auckland Regional Public Health Service that your child is a close contact of someone with COVID-19, keep your child at home in self-isolation. They will need to get a COVID-19 test. A close contact is someone who has been close to a person with COVID-19 and who is therefore at greater risk of getting sick too (and potentially infecting others).
The symptoms of COVID-19 can include one or more of the following:
- New or worsening cough
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Temporary loss of smell
- Difficulty breathing
Thank you for your support in helping keep your whānau, school and wider community well.