Isolating with tamariki while hapū

Ruthie shares her experience of isolating while being hapū

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Te pānga ki te KOWHEORI-19 Getting COVID-19

If you have tested positive, you need to isolate for seven days. You cannot go to mahi, kura, or whānau or community events.

Also, you should report your positive result. You can do this online through My Covid Record or by calling the Ministry of Health team on 0800 222 478.

My Covid Record


Te noho mohoao me te tiaki Isolation and care

If you have COVID-19, you need to self-isolate for at least seven days. If your symptoms worsen, it may be longer. 

Day 0 is when your symptoms started or you tested positive, whichever came first.

Friends and whānau in your whare may also need to isolate. Heoi, if they have had KOWHEORI-19 in the last three months, they do not need to.

When self-isolating, there is some kawa you can follow to keep whānau safe.

  • Noho haumaru. Stay home.
  • Avoid contact with whānau and friends in your whare as best you can. For some, this could mean sleeping by yourself and limiting the time you spend in shared spaces. Try and stay at least two metres apart and wear a face mask that covers your nose and mouth when near others.
  • You can get kai, medicine and other things delivered. This can include drop-offs from whānau and friends or online orders. It’s a good idea to have a drop-off point outside your whare to avoid contact with others.
  • If you’re feeling up to it, you can exercise outdoors. You can go on your own, or with someone from your household. Do not visit any shared exercise facilities, such as swimming pools or outdoor gyms.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces regularly. This includes things you touch often, like door handles, light switches and phones.
  • Open windows to increase fresh air flow inside.
  • If possible, try not to share items with people in your whare, like bedding, towels, and dishes.

Te āwhina i a koe e noho mohoao ana Help when you are self-isolating

There are services around the motu that offer advice and support for whānau. This might include getting supplies such as kai or medicine delivered to you. In some cases, it might also include money to pay for urgent and essential costs and some bills.

For information about how to access extra support, reach out to your local hauora provider or visit the Unite against COVID-19 website.

Help when you are self-isolating

To speak to someone or for information and advice about COVID-19, call Healthline on 0800 358 5453.

Call 111 immediately if you or the person you are caring for develop worse symptoms, including difficulty breathing, severe chest pain, fainting or falling unconscious.


Most people who get COVID-19 recover completely after two to six weeks, and make a full recovery within 12 weeks.

However, some experience a range of symptoms beyond the standard time of recovery.

Symptoms can include:

  • fatigue
  • breathlessness
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • chest tightness
  • chest pain
  • difficulty concentrating
  • cognitive impairment or 'brain fog'
  • difficulty sleeping
  • pins and needles
  • dizziness
  • joint pain
  • muscle pain.

The best way to prevent long COVID is to be up-to-date with your COVID-19 vaccinations. There is some evidence that being vaccinated reduces the risk of developing long COVID following a COVID-19 infection.

For support with managing and treating long COVID, seek help from your local hauora provider or visit the Ministry of Health website.


Kāore he utu hauora COVID-19 healthcare is free

You don't have to pay for any COVID-19 related medical costs for up to six weeks from the first day of your symptoms or the day you test positive, whichever came first.