Living well in the COVID-19 pandemic

As we start to open up further, the Health Dept has released a tool to help people to make COVIDSafe decisions about work, transport, and social activities in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Everyone needs to make decisions about their activities and take responsibility for them. People will have different things that are important to them and will be comfortable with different levels of risk.

Everyone should consider:

  • their personal risk
  • the number of cases of COVID-19 where they live
  • what activities are important to them
  • the risk related to certain activities
  • how much risk they wish to accept.

For example, when there are few community cases, some may want to hug their grandchildren while some people may not. Either approach is fine, people need to make choices that are suitable for them.

People may also want to develop an individual COVID-19 action plan. This may be more important for people who are at high or moderate risk of severe COVID-19.

You can inform your action plan by:

  • speaking to your doctor to get a better idea of your risk
  • talking about your activities and weighing up your risk against what is important to you
  • looking for different activities to enjoy with lower risk of exposure
  • staying up to date with how many cases there are in your local community
  • planning how you will change your activities if case numbers increase.

To stay COVIDSafe everyone must always do the 3:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitiser.
  • Keep your distance – stay at least 1.5 metres away from other people.
  • Consider downloading the COVIDSafe app.

Read the full resource here