Coronavirus/COVID-19 Tips and Resources
Looking for info about COVID-19? Check these out.
- UC GO APP: Download University of Canterbury’s (UC) app to get their updates on COVID-19 delivered straight to your phone. It includes a portal to Insider’s Guide blog and the UC website.
- The Ministry of Health website: For in-depth health info about the virus, including some content provided in different languages.
- Unite Against COVID-19 website: Created by the NZ Government. It has explanations of what the different alert levels mean, as well as FAQs about financial support eligibility, self-isolation etc.
- Job ads: Student Job Search are helping essential services and employers with remote roles who need some extra helpers while the Covid-19 lockdown is in place: https://www.sjs.co.nz/
- Info on the Government Wage Subsidy (including FAQs): https://www.employment.govt.nz/leave-and-holidays/other-types-of-leave/coronavirus-workplace/wage-subsidy/
- Legal advice: Community Law Canterbury are still doing consultations, but by phone. Visit their website for info: https://www.canlaw.org.nz/
General health tips
The Ministry of Health provides this handy summary of health tips on how to protect yourself and others:
- 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.
- Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as doorknobs.
- Stay home if you feel unwell and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453.
How COVID-19 spreads
COVID-19, like the flu, can be spread from person to person. When a person who has COVID-19 coughs, sneezes or talks, they may spread droplets containing the virus a short distance, which quickly settle on surrounding surfaces.
You may get infected by the virus if you touch those surfaces or objects and then touch your mouth, nose or eyes.
That’s why it’s really important to use good hygiene, regularly wash and thoroughly dry your hands, and use good cough etiquette.