We understand that testing positive can bring up a whole range of concerns for you and your whānau. Most people, especially if they are fully vaccinated and boosted, are likely to experience mild to moderate symptoms and will be able to get well at home, much like the common cold. However, it is understandable if you are feeling worried, and there is help and support here if you need it.
From the day you first notice symptoms or from the day you test positive for COVID-19, whichever comes first, you must self-isolate for 7 days. You are able to leave to get medical care or in an emergency.
Here is some guidance on how you and your whānau can self-isolate safely and get well.
You can help slow the spread by telling people you have had contact with as soon as possible; this includes those that are close contacts, your household members, your work, and any other schools or clubs that you visited recently.
If your symptoms get worse or you need urgent medical care, call your local healthcare provider or Healthline on 0800 358 5453
If you or the person you are caring for has difficulty breathing, severe chest pain, fainting or becomes unconscious, call 111 immediately.
It is important that you look after yourself and your whānau's mental health and wellbeing, as well as the physical symptoms. It is ok to feel stressed and anxious.