Taihape Area School

Getting Through COVID-19

A message from the Mental Health Foundation – “It's a tense time for most of us. COVID-19 is scary and it's rapidly changing the way we work, socialise, travel, access healthcare, exercise, shop and live, and many people are feeling anxious, stressed, worried, and scared.


It's important to look after our wellbeing, and the wellbeing of our whānau and community, as we get through this – together. We've created a new section on our website with wellbeing tips, answers to FAQs, and tikanga advice.


The number one message we want New Zealanders to hear is this: we will get through this if we work together. Connecting with people who make you feel safe and loved is the most important thing you can do to look after your mental health and the mental health of people around you”. 


Top Tips to get through this crisis:



Some Key Messages

Wash hands for at least 20 seconds with water and soap and dry them thoroughly:-

  • before eating or handling food;
  • after using the toilet;
  • after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose or wiping children’s noses;
  • after caring for sick people.


Why? To kill the virus if it’s on your hands.

Cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing 

Why? If you sneeze or cough into your hands, you may contaminate objects or people that you touch.

Stay away from others if you’re unwell

Why? To stop the spread of infection to others.


How can I protect myself? 

  • avoid touching the mouth, nose and eyes with unwashed hands
  • washing your hands before eating
  • carrying a hand sanitiser at all times
  • being particularly mindful of touching your face after using public transport or going to the airport
  • carry tissues at all times to cover the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing (then dispose of it)
  • not eating shared or communal food
  • avoiding shaking hands, kissing cheeks
  • regularly cleaning and sanitise commonly used surfaces and items, such as phones and keys
  • avoiding close contact with people suffering from or showing symptoms of acute respiratory infection
  • seeking medical attention if you feel unwell.


A full explainer on protecting yourself from coronavirus can be found here (a very useful link)