Protect Yourself & Others from COVID-19

Know the symptoms. Know how to protect yourself and others from Coronavirus. Seek advice from us here at your local community pharmacy.

Protect Yourself & Others from COVID-19

Know the symptoms. Know how to protect yourself and others from Coronavirus. Seek advice from us here at your local community pharmacy.

IMPORTANT: For the protection of other patients and staff, if you are feeling unwell or experiencing possible symptoms of coronavirus please refrain from visiting your local pharmacy. Each pharmacy will have their own guidelines. You can find for your local pharmacy's website here.

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What are the symptoms of COVID-19? 

The symptoms of COVID-19 are: 

  • a dry cough.

  • a high temperature (at least 38°C).

  • shortness of breath. 

These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have COVID-19. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.  

What can I do to stop COVID-19 spreading? 

  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or by covering your mouth and nose with tissues. 

  • Put used tissues in the bin or a bag immediately. 

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often (for at least 20 seconds). 

  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell. 

  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean. 

  • Avoid personal contact, such as kissing, sharing cups or food with sick people. 

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as doorknobs. 

  • Stay at home. 

  • Call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 if you have any symptoms and have been recently been overseas or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with COVID-19. 

What if I think I have symptoms of COVID-19? 

If you arrived in New Zealand in the last 14 days, you should self-isolate for 14 days from the date you departed the last country you visited. 

If you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 you should self-isolate for 14 days from the date of close contact.  

This means: 

  • Immediately limiting your contact with others by practising self-isolation. What is self-isolation?  Read more here. 

  • Call Healthline 24/7 on 0800 358 5453 and follow their advice.  

  • Refrain from visiting us in-store at the pharmacy. We will be happy to take your phone call, respond to your emails or to deliver orders placed here on our website or over the phone for your prescriptions.  

We know from other outbreaks that self-isolation is effective, and most people are good at keeping themselves – and others – safe and well. 

Access to Medication

There is currently no need to panic  about the supply of prescription medication in New Zealand so there is no need to bulk buy. However, we do recommend that you don’t allow your regular and essential prescription medications to almost run out before you organise a new prescription. 

Contact Your Local Pharmacy

Community pharmacies are here for you as we navigate the challenges presented to us as a nation. Please to reach out to your local pharmacy and we will do our best to support you during this busy and uncertain time. 

Information for this page has been sourced from https://covid19.govt.nz.