The novel corona virus (2019-nCoV) has symptoms similar to a range of illnesses such as influenza and may include fever, coughing and difficulty breathing – but these symptoms do not necessarily mean someone has the virus.
COVID-19 is changing our daily lives.
It’s important to look after our wellbeing and the wellbeing of our whānau and community as we get through this – together.
We have Health Improvement Practitioners available at Health New Lynn that are here to work with you and your family on improving your mental health and wellbeing. They are available for face to face or phone/video consultations. There is no cost for this service and it is open to all ages. Please discuss with your doctor or a practice nurse if you would like a referral to this service.
In addition, please click on this link to the Mental Health Foundation resources for looking after your mental health during Covid-19.
Please look out for your whanau, friends and neighbours to check how they are doing.
Unpleasant and unwanted thoughts and feelings are normal and expected – and focusing on how to act is a way forward.
Here are some helpful resources:
• Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmvNCdpHUYM and written handout. From the author of happiness trap
• New York times talking about this approach https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/12/opinion/sunday/anxiety-treatment-therapy.html
Click on the image above to download a PDF of the poster, or CLICK HERE.
Looking after your own health
The most important way to stop the spread of infections:
• Regularly wash your hands (for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap and dry thoroughly)
• Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze
• Stay home if you’re sick
• Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
• If you do feel unwell you should avoid public gatherings and events
• On current advice, hand and cough hygiene are more effective than masks for reducing the spread of novel Coronavirus.
The situation throughout the world is changing daily and the Ministry of Health is working to keep the health sector and the public up to date as these changes occur.
You can ring the Ministry of Health’s dedicated Coronavirus Health Advice line (for free) on 0800 358 5453 or you can visit the Ministry of Health’s website at health.govt.nz/coronavirus more information on 2019-nCoV.