Te whakarite mō te KOWHEORI-19 Preparing for COVID-19

KOWHEORI-19 is still in our communities. We need to stay ready and be prepared for having it in our whare. Kia rite.

Mahere ā-whānau Whānau plans

Most people who get COVID-19 will have mild to moderate illness and can safely recover in their own whare. Getting prepared and making a plan with whānau and friends is the best way to be prepared if your whare has to suddenly isolate.

Make a plan

  • Set up a support network for your whānau and those in your whare in case you need to isolate. Preparing a contact list of people, local hauora providers or organisations you can reach out to if you need to is a good start. 
  • Reach out to whānau or other support networks to make contactless drop-offs of kai, medicine and other supplies. Contact your local hauora provider and find out what support they can provide.
  • Think about what your tamariki will get up to if they have to isolate. Encourage whānau time together and do some fun activities in the whare or yard, if you are feeling up to it.
  • Make sure you have your regular medications and basic medical supplies, like pain relief, to help manage your symptoms.
  • If you have friends or whānau who are isolating, reach out and ask if they need anything dropped off or if there is anything you can do to help.

The Unite against COVID-19 website provides some ideas on how you and your whānau can make a plan. Visit the Preparing to self-isolate page on the Unite against COVID-19 website.

Preparing to self-isolate

Turuki and Mania are committed to keeping their young whānau safe and have developed a whānau plan. Find out why it works for them.   

Video Link: https://www.karawhiua.nz/assets/Videos/YOUTUBE-SUBSCovid-Planning-16_9_1.mp4

Ētahi atu ara whakahaumaru Other ways to stay safe against COVID-19

Even if you are vaccinated, you should still keep up good hygiene practices.

  • Stay up-to-date with KOWHEORI-19 vaccinations.
  • Get your booster. Māori aged 40+ and immunocompromised whānau can get two boosters.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces regularly. This includes things you touch often, like door handles, light switches and phones.
  • Open windows to increase fresh air flow inside.
  • If you are sick, stay home and get tested for KOWHEORI-19.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 and are concerned about your hauora, call your doctor, or Healthline on 0800 358 5453. Don’t try to tough it out if you get seriously ill.

For more information and advice about the COVID-19 vaccination, call Healthline on 0800 358 5453.

COVID-19 vaccinations and tests are available across the motu. You can use our online map tool to find a kaupapa Māori clinic near you.

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