Update: 20th February 2020
There are still no cases in New Zealand. NZ is prepared if a pandemic breaks out with national health stocks of PPE including millions of masks and a NZ manufacturer that can make 1 million a month if needed. These will be distributed if needed.
In China people with coronavirus currently;
- 80% minimal symptoms
- 15% moderate
- 3-5% severe
- 2% mortality (but this is an area of China were the healthcare is not up to our standards)
The mortality in better health care systems is low, evidenced by over 300 on the cruise ship infected and no deaths. The country to screen for is still mainland China.
Why do other countries not have it? Because China has border controls so cases are contained. In countries like Singapore they are not letting people out of isolation. The 14 day self-quarantine still applies.
People will be coming from other Asian countries with normal flus and colds, so don’t be concerned unless they come from mainland China or confirmed contact with coronavirus within 14 days currently.
The Ministry of Health will revise their guidelines regularly so look at their site here.
The patient is classified as a suspect case if they satisfy both the epidemiological and clinical criteria.
Epidemiological criteria: Travel to or from (including transit through) mainland China within 14 days before onset of illness, OR close contact (refer close contact section) in 14 days before onset of illness with a confirmed case of COVID-19 infection.
Clinical criteria: Fever or history of fever (≥38°C) and acute respiratory infection with at least one of the following symptoms; shortness of breath, cough or sore throat.
FOR ANY QUESTIONS CALL HEALTHLINE ON 0800 358 5453
(or +64 9 358 5453 for international SIMS)
HealthLine have all the up to date information of what to do with multiple situations.
We request that before you seek any medical attention with any clinic, or have any concerns, to call them first.
Please be assured that at East Care protection of our staff and patients in our waiting room and clinic is our utmost priority. Thus, any potential cases of Coronavirus are isolated and not exposed to the waiting room.
If you plan to attend East Care and you have travelled to an affected area, or had contact with a confirmed case of Coronavirus, then please phone us from your car so that we can keep our other patients safe, by assessing you in the vehicle or an isolation room when it is available.
To date in NZ there is NO Coronavirus 2019-nCoV.
In most cases, it causes a flu-like respiratory illness; which can occasionally progress to pneumonia, causing difficulty breathing. Many other colds and flu-like illnesses are indistinguishable from Novel Coronavirus.
There is no specific anti-viral; and no antibiotics will cure this illness. Regardless of the cause, if you have difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly.
For advice, please phone Healthline (0800 611 116) or your usual GP.
If you have been in contact with a confirmed case, or have come from China and develop a cold or flu-like illness please stay away from public places, shops and work.
If a patient has mild respiratory symptoms please self-isolate at home or in your accommodation until at least 24 hours following resolution of symptoms.
If you plan to attend East Care and you have travelled to an affected area or had contact with a confirmed case of Coronavirus then please phone us from your car so that we can keep our other patients safe, by assessing you in the vehicle.
We are unable to provide a dedicated room to assess all suspected cases, because just one real case, may put at risk everyone else who is assessed in the same room.
Staff assessing high risk patients will be required to wear a gown, mask, glasses and gloves. You may need to explain this to young children in advance to avoid them getting frightened.
Thank you for your cooperation in trying to keep this epidemic from spreading:
- Stay away from people with respiratory infections
- Wash your hands frequently
- If you get a cough, do not spread it – cough into a tissue or inside your clothing – and wash hands frequently especially after touching your face
For more information visit the Ministry of Health website for Coronavirus which is updated regularly.