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Coronavirus New Zealand

Living with Parkinson’s during the COVID–19 Outbreak in NZ

If you have Parkinson’s, you may be feeling concerned about how COVID-19 or Coronavirus may impact you.

Updated guidance from the UK reflects that some groups of people have an increased risk of contracting severe illness if they get COVID-19. These groups include people over the age of 70, pregnant women and people with certain conditions. The conditions include Parkinson’s.

Currently in NZ, Parkinson's is not considered to be high-risk, although guidance from the UK suggests otherwise. Read the full report from Parkinson's UK here.

However, you are at no increased risk of catching COVID-19 if you have Parkinson's.

Will COVID-19 affect my Parkinson’s medication?

There is no evidence suggesting that Coronavirus will interfere with your medicine. Continue to take your medicine as per usual. If you do become unwell with a virus of any kind, continue to take your medicine and get in contact with your health professional.

The New Zealand government agency PHARMAC has recently released its expectations from NZ medical suppliers. Pharmaceutical suppliers under PHARMAC, the NZ Government agency, have been advised to keep a minimum stock that equals two months' demand in NZ. 

What is COVID-19?

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The Ministry of Health advises that COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways.

COVID-19 Coronavirus Symptoms

  • a cough
  • a high temperature (at least 38°C)
  • shortness of breath.

Please note this does not mean you have COVID-19. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.

Tips for Protection from COVID-19

Here is the latest information from the Ministry of Health:

  • 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 (for at least 20 seconds).
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
  • Avoid personal contact, such as kissing, sharing cups or food with sick people.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as doorknobs.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell.

https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-health-advice-general-public#prevention

Exhibiting COVID-19 Symptoms?

Call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 if you have any symptoms and have been to any countries or territories of concern or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with COVID-19.

Keeping up with COVID-19

This page will be updated as soon as we receive new advice from the Ministry of Health and New Zealand Government.

For further health advice on COVID -19 on how to protect yourself and your family as best as possible from the virus, please head to the Ministry of Health and New Zealand Government Websites:

https://www.health.govt.nz/
https://www.govt.nz/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/

Protecting your mental health during "Black Swan" events such as the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown is highly important.

Parkinson's New Zealand Operational Update

A Message from the Interim Chief Executive:

"As you will be aware, the NZ government has extended Alert levels 3 for Auckland and Alert level 2 for the rest of the country until Wednesday, 26 August at 11:59 pm.

Our thoughts continue to be with everyone hearing this news about community transmission of COVID-19.
 
On Wednesday, I emailed to let you know that we were making some temporary changes to our service - suspending all face-to-face services and social activities - until midnight tonight.
 
With this evening’s announcement, putting the health and safety of families living with Parkinson’s and staff as our priority, we have chosen to extend the suspension of all face-to-face services until Wednesday, 26 August. This includes home visits, support groups and social activities.

Your Parkinson’s Nurse, as always, is still available during office hours, as is your Community Engagement Advisor. Please refer to our regional contact details online on our Local Support webpage. The National Office can be contacted Monday–Friday (0800 473 4636) or email us on info@parkinsons.org.nz

We will keep a close eye on all COVID-19 announcements and will be back in touch soon."

Kia Kaha,

Andrew Bell
Interim Chief Executive Officer of Parkinson’s New Zealand