COVID-19

COVID-19 is a disease that can affect your lungs, airways and other organs. Find out the best ways to help your children, family/whānau and yourself in this pandemic.

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COVID-19 is a disease caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. It can affect your lungs, airways and other organs. Even though immunisation against COVID-19 has begun here in Aotearoa New Zealand, there is still a risk of COVID-19 returning to the community. If your child has cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, keep them home from daycare or school and call your GP or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice. 

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There is still a risk of COVID-19 returning to the community in Aotearoa New Zealand. Keep your child at home, away from school or daycare if they are sick and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice. 

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How to recognise possible symptoms of the Alpha variant of COVID-19. If you or your child have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, stay home and call your doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice about getting a free test.

Immunisation remains a priority for whānau during all COVID-19 alert levels. You can  protect your child against serious diseases like whooping cough and measles. 

The Australian and New Zealand governments support the use of an approved COVID-19 vaccine in breastfeeding women. 

Young people with diabetes aged 16 years and over are currently eligible for COVID-19 immunisation. Information for those aged 12 to 15 years will be available in coming months.

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It is perfectly normal and OK to feel anxiety in the current COVID-19 pandemic. This can result in strong feelings, reactions, and changes in behaviour. There are a number of steps you can take to help your children, family/whānau and yourself.

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Looking for something to help your child make sense of  COVID-19? Check these resources - from videos for kids about the science behind coronavirus to online stories that can be important conversation starters in your household. The resources cover the range of Alert Levels in New Zealand. 

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During the current COVID-19 pandemic, many pregnant women are feeling anxious about their own health and that of their baby. So far, there has been no clear evidence of pregnant women passing on COVID-19 to their babies during pregnancy or birth. Pregnant women who develop COVID-19 do not seem more at risk of serious complications than other healthy people.

Mother with newborn baby

During the current COVID-19 pandemic, many pregnant women are feeling anxious about their own health and that of their baby. So far, there has been no clear evidence of pregnant women passing on COVID-19 to their babies during pregnancy or birth. Pregnant women who develop COVID-19 do not seem more at risk of serious complications than other healthy people.

Mother with newborn baby

During the current COVID-19 pandemic, many pregnant women are feeling anxious about their own health and that of their baby. So far, there has been no clear evidence of pregnant women passing on COVID-19 to their babies during pregnancy or birth. Pregnant women who develop COVID-19 do not seem more at risk of serious complications than other healthy people.

Mother with newborn baby

During the current COVID-19 pandemic, many pregnant women are feeling anxious about their own health and that of their baby. So far, there has been no clear evidence of pregnant women passing on COVID-19 to their babies during pregnancy or birth. Pregnant women who develop COVID-19 do not seem more at risk of serious complications than other healthy people.

Baby breastfeeding

If you have COVID-19, you can still breastfeed your baby. So far, there is no evidence of mothers passing on COVID-19 to babies through breastmilk. The main risk of breastfeeding is close contact between you and your baby. So, take precautions if you are breastfeeding and you have COVID-19.

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The NZ Clinical Network for Children and Young People with Diabetes advises that it is safe for children and young people with diabetes to be at school under Alert Levels 1 or 2.

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The Australian and NZ Children's Haematology and Oncology Group advises it is safe for all siblings and the vast majority of childhood cancer and bone marrow transplant patients to be at school when schools are open.

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It can be a frightening and confusing time for children when a family member dies. The restrictions due to COVID-19 make it more challenging to meet the needs of children, particularly when a family member dies from COVID-19 infection. Find out how you can create new opportunities to help your child in this process.

A Mayo Clinic (USA) video which prepares children for a COVID-19 nasal swab test and helps ease some of their possible fear and anxiety. This video is suitable for children as young as 4 years old.