In a way, the pandemic seems like a distant reality. We hear on the news how various countries battle the coronavirus, while others are in lockdown. We feel privileged and sheltered perhaps. That is, until a case slips through our border and the reality of the pandemic comes crashing into our world. The effect on each individual is major.
In November, I had to have a Covid test after suffering from headaches and a fever. I (almost) knew it wasn’t Covid-19, but having a test was the responsible thing to do. The swab, described by some as akin to having someone scratch your brain, wasn’t all that bad.
What surprised me was the paperwork I was sent home with. There were a few lines about following government directives, and staying home until symptom free and receiving the test results. The rest of the information focused on mental wellbeing. There was lengthy information about the changes Covid-19 has brought to our daily lives, and the importance of looking not only after our own wellbeing but also the wellbeing of our whānau and community as we get through this pandemic together.
A whole page was dedicated to top tips to get through including finding ways to connect, taking notice of the world around us, giving, learning, and spending time with nature. The information reminded readers that they can call or text 1737 day or night to speak with a trained counsellor – it’s free and confidential.
I was impressed to see how the focus had shifted from the early days of the pandemic. In June, a friend had a Covid test and the only information he left the testing centre with was regarding Covid symptoms, isolation, and test results. I get the sense that people’s needs are being heard.
Lorna Harvey, Communications Coordinator
PS A couple of days after having the Covid test, I received a negative result, meaning I didn’t have Covid-19.