Counties Manukau Health is relieved to see vaccination rates continue to rise and as the Government signals an easing of public health restriction settings, we urge the community to remain vigilant, continue to follow the rules, and get fully vaccinated.
Dr Pete Watson, Chief Medical Officer at Counties Manukau Health is expecting more cases in the community, with modelling suggesting that hospital admissions will peak at the end of this month, and is asking everyone to have a plan in place if COVID finds them.
“Vaccination will help prevent most people from becoming critically unwell and needing hospitalisation with COVID-related illnesses but it doesn’t mean you won’t contract the disease and be off work or school for a period.
“It is important people have a plan and know what they will do if they become unwell from COVID. We all need to think about who our support person would be, how we might get food and supplies, and it’s always a good idea to have some medication like paracetamol or aspirin at home ready to take if you need it,” he says.
As the Counties Manukau area works its way towards 90% of its population being fully vaccinated Dr Watson has implored the community to continue the hard work they have done over the past few months.
“COVID-19 may find you so we want everyone to protect themselves, their whaanau and wider community and get vaccinated and if anyone does become unwell with cold or flu like symptoms we urge them to call their Doctor, Medical Centre or Healthline and follow their advice.
“And if you do test positive for COVID-19 stay home and isolate from others, monitor your symptoms and call for medical advice if they change for the worse such as becoming breathless from mild exertion like walking from one room to another at home.”
Here’s some helpful tips:
- Protect yourself and others – get vaccinated and follow the public health guidance for social distancing, mask wearing, handing washing etc.
- Prepare your plan – consider things like who will be your support person, how you will isolate, and have some pain relief like paracetamol or aspirin at home.
- Using your plan
- If you become unwell get a test and stay home.
- Follow the advice from your GP, Medical Centre or Healthline, and monitor your symptoms.
- Check-in with your support person at least daily.
- Pain relief and drinking plenty of water will help if you develop minor symptoms like a cough, headache, and a mild temperature.
- Change your Plan - If your symptoms change and include feelings of breathlessness, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea call your GP, Medical Centre or Healthline and follow their advice.
- Go to the hospital or call 111 if you feel very unwell.