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According to the Ministry of Health, a pandemic is an epidemic of infectious disease that spreads through human populations across a large region, e.g. multiple continents or even worldwide.

Some of the impacts of pandemics include loss of life, stretched medical services and facilities, widespread social and psychological disruption and isolation and restricted access to some international destinations for people and exports.

New Zealand has been affected by international pandemics before, and if another was to reach our shores, the Ministry of Health would issue advice on how to best protect yourself and care for others.



What do I need to do to be ready?



  • Cover your coughs and sneezes, use tissues, dispose of them properly, then wash your hands.
  • Wash hands often and dry them well.
  • Reduce germs in your home and workplace, regularly disinfect common surfaces like phones, handles, remote controls, taps, toys.



  • Stay informed, there will be local and national announcements as circumstances may vary from one part of the country to another. The announcements will deal with a range of issues covering health, welfare and travel.
  • Stay home if you’re sick and keep away from other people, avoid visitors and visiting others.
  • Wash and dry your hands before handling food, after coughing, sneezing, using the bathroom, wiping or nose-blowing (whether your nose or your child’s), and when looking after sick people.
  • Keep coughs and sneezes covered, tissues are best.
    Try to stay a metre away from people to reduce the spread of influenza.
  • Call your GP or Healthline 0800 611 116 if you need health advice.

How ready are you?