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. You can also check the section COVID-19 immunisation in children.
COVID-19 is airborne and can spread easily from one person to another. There are some key things you can do to minimise the risk of infecting others, including wearing masks and ventilating spaces, such as opening windows.
COVID-19 is a disease caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. It can affect your lungs, airways and other organs. If your child or you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, stay at home. Call your GP or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice.
If your child has tested positive for COVID-19, they need to isolate for 7 days. This means they have to stay home for 7 days, and cannot have any visitors. Most children will have mild to moderate symptoms and can be cared for at home.
If your child or someone in your house has COVID-19 symptoms, they need a rapid antigen test (RAT). Anyone can get a free pack of RATs from a range of locations, including testing sites, marae and pharmacies.
There are some things whānau can do to prepare for positive cases in their home, as well as having the COVID-19 vaccine. These include preparing a kit with essential items, making a COVID-19 home plan, and preparing to self-isolate.
Some Auckland children have made comics about what life was like for them during the COVID-19 pandemic. The comics show how children have been worried and sad at times, the challenges they faced and how they helped their families during a difficult time.
If you are COVID-19 positive and caring for a newborn pēpi, there are some things you can do to protect them. Find out what you can do to keep them safe, what you can expect from your maternity carer and what to do if you become quite unwell.
Heard talk about genome sequencing and COVID-19 and want to know more? Check out this short animation for tamariki from Māui Studios with support from the University of Otago and the Institute of Environmental Science and Research. It features Koro, a scientist and his granddaughter, Ruia, who is intrigued by science and technology but tired of kōrero about COVID-19.
Omicron is another form of COVID-19. It's more infectious than previous versions, so spreads very quickly. It's less likely to make you severely ill. Some people might not even know they have it. Stopping Omicron is all about masks and fresh air. Check a booklet developed to support kids who were returning to school with Omicron in 2022.
If you're pregnant/hapū, or planning a pregnancy, it is important to have the COVID-19 vaccine. Studies have shown this is safe and better for you and your baby. If you get COVID-19 while you’re pregnant you can become very sick. You can get a COVID-19 vaccine at any stage of your pregnancy.
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.
Wearing a mask or face covering can reduce the risk of people who have COVID-19 spreading the virus to others. A mask or face covering can help stop infectious droplets spreading when a person speaks, laughs, coughs or sneezes. See how to make your mask more efficient.
How to recognise possible symptoms 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.
It is perfectly normal and OK to feel anxiety about COVID-19. This can result in strong feelings, reactions, and changes in behaviour. There are a number of steps you can take to help your children, whānau and yourself.
COVID-19 is now established in New Zealand so there is always a chance of being exposed. If you are pregnant, find out what you can do to help keep you and your baby safe and what to expect from your maternity carers.
If you have COVID-19, you can still breastfeed your baby. There is no evidence of mothers passing on COVID-19 to babies through breastfeeding or through breastmilk. A breastfeeding māmā who has a COVID infection needs to take hygiene precautions. This includes hand washing and mask-wearing while breastfeeding and caring for pēpi.
Most children who get COVID-19 will have mild symptoms and get better quickly. But a small number of older children may have symptoms that last longer. This is sometimes called post-COVID-19 condition or long COVID. Find out what is known about long COVID and how to care for a child who is taking longer to get better.
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 when they are open. It's also important for children and young people with diabetes (5 years of age and over) to have the COVID-19 vaccine.
Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) is a huge over-reaction in the infection-fighting system (immune system). The syndrome usually happens 2 to 6 weeks after a child has had COVID-19. MIS-C can cause severe inflammation in many parts of the body.
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.
DELTA got everyone worried. Check a booklet by Mel Churton, New Zealand psychologist. It was created to offer support for children who were returning to school in 2021. There are 2 versions - for children up to year 8 and for years 9+.