Corona virus Information
Resources and tips for dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.
How to stay safe
Practising proper hygiene is a great way to stay safe. Washing your hands with soap and water thoroughly for at least 30 seconds and using an alcohol-based cleanser of at least 70% when you’re outside is also recommended. Explain to your children and family members how important it is to wash their hands after playing outside and especially after contact with surfaces that may contain the virus.
Disinfect surfaces using a water and bleach solution and or appropriate disinfecting wipes if you have any.
Maintain social distancing
The World Health Organization recommends that everyone maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between themselves and someone who is coughing or sneezing.
This reduces the risk that particles ejected when someone sneezes or coughs aren’t breathed in.
Be mindful of others when coughing or sneezing
If you feel the urge to cough or sneeze and you do not have access to a clean tissue or handkerchief, cough into your bent elbow. Remember to dispose of the tissue and wash your hands after you are finished.
Stay at home if you feel sick
Feeling sick? Be mindful of your family, friends, co-workers and the public. Stay at home if you are not feeling well and if things get worse, seek help from a health care provider. Be sure to call your place of work to let them know and make arrangements for someone to take care of anyone currently in your care.
The Ministry of Health is here to help. Contact your nearest emergency care provider or call any of the following numbers:
811 for emergency services including ambulance,
999 for the police.
Remember, DO NOT visit the health clinics if you suspect you may be infected. You will put others at risk if you do. Contact the emergency services and arrangements will be made to get you help.