COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a type of coronavirus. There are simple steps you can take to protect you and your whānau.
The symptoms of COVID-19 are:
Shortness of breath is a sign of possible pneumonia and requires immediate medical attention.
We don’t yet know how long symptoms take to show after a person has been infected, but current World Health Organisation assessments suggest that it is 2–10 days.
If you have these symptoms, please don't assume it is just a cold, call Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453 or your doctor immediately.
Frequently Asked Questions
I'm worried I might have COVID-19, should I visit a testing centre?
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, please call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or call your local GP for advice. Your GP or Healthline will refer you to a testing centre. You can read advice on symptoms of COVID-19 from the Ministry of Health here.
How is testing done?
Testing or swabbing may be done in a dedicated testing space by staff or from inside your car.
When will my test results be available?
Test results are generally available within 48 hours.Regional Public Health will notify you if your test result is positive, and work with you to manage your health.
Where is the Community Based Assessment Centre?
For whānau living in Tauranga, it is at Trustpower Baypark Stadium, 81 Truman Lane, Mount Maunganui. It is open everyday 9am-6pm.
If you live in another part of New Zealand you can find out where your nearest Community Based Assessment Centre is by calling Healthline on 0800 358 5354.
For more symptom and testing, please visit the COVID-19 Website below.
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