Coronavirus Outbreak: Important Public Notices

Written by Dental Wellness Team

On February 18, 2020

Sunday 15th March: Advice for Travellers

  • People coming into New Zealand should check on MoH website for travelers arriving in New Zealand as all travelers except those listed on the countries and areas of concern under Category 2, will be required to self-isolate. If you arrive in New Zealand before 23:59 pm on Sunday 15 March from any country (except Italy or South Korea) you do not need to self-isolate. If you arrive after 1:00 am on Monday 16 March from any country except those listed on the countries and areas of concern under Category 2 you will need to self-isolate for 14 days.

The Ministry of Health (MoH) has updated the following support services:

  • A dedicated 0800 number has been set up for questions and concerns about coronavirus. The new number is 0800 358 5453  (or +64 9 358 5453 for overseas SIMs). The number is free to call, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and will be staffed by members of the National Telehealth Service with interpreters on hand to help with translation.
  • MoH now has a dedicated Facebook page @minhealthnz, as well as a Twitter channel @minhealthnz. These will be used to alert people to key updates and messaging specifically about coronavirus.


About Coronavirus

Teaching Children How to Prevent Coronavirus -Helpful advice from Dr. Michelle Dickinson

How to teach your children how hand washing helps prevents the spread of coronavirus

The World Health Organisation has declared coronavirus a Global Health Emergency.We have had many parents have asked me how to teach their children about how viruses spread and how to prevent their spread.The most common way a person is infected when not at the epicenter of the outbreak is by touching a surface previously touched by an infected person and then touching their own face, specifically the eyes, nose and mouth.Hand washing is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of viruses including coronavirus and the flu.As viruses are invisible to our naked eye, we show you how to use a bowl of water and some pepper to help explain why soap and water are needed to remove viruses and other germs from your hands to prevent them from spreading.If you would like to access our other free resources for parents around coronavirus head to

Posted by Dr Michelle Dickinson on Friday, January 31, 2020

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