Staying Healthy - Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19), and Other Health Considerations for International Students

Thursday, February 20, 2020

With all the information circulating around the internet and social media, many students may be concerned about coronavirus. Here is some of the latest information (as at 20/02/2020) and some general advice for staying healthy.

Novel Coronavirus/COVID-19
With the COVID-19 virus continuing to spread, with over 70,000 cases internationally a lot of people are getting worried about the spread of the virus and the number of fatalities linked to it. However, there are no-known cases in New Zealand, with all 157 people evacuated from the centre of the outbreak, Wuhan, released from quarantine in Whangaparoa recently. To stay up to date with the latest information and advice, we recommend the All-of-Government Coronavirus (COVID-19) website. From here, you can access links to health advice from the Ministry of Health, official travel and immigration advice, education advice from the Ministry of Education and more.

Getting (back) into New Zealand to study
Some international students may not be able to travel as planned or may need to consider their flight plans due to the restrictions. Any foreign travellers who have been present in, or transited through, mainland China in the previous 14 days are currently unable to enter to New Zealand. This temporary measure is being frequently reviewed, with updates issued every 48 hours. As many students have gone home for the University break, or are starting their first year of international study this year, and orientation programmes in the last week of February each year, students will need to reach-out to their Universities or education providers via email or online form (found on each University website) to work out how they will be able to go-about their studies. If students can get their login details and student ID’s electronically, then they may be able to watch their classes via video recordings and complete essay’s and notes on their computers. Any students who arrive in New Zealand from China will need to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival into the country and call Healthline at 0800 358 5453 to register within 24 hours so that their health can be monitored.
- University Coronavirus forms and information : VUW, UC, AU, Otago and Waikato.

Basic sickness prevention tips

This outbreak is a timely reminder of why it is so important to take preventative steps so you can stay healthy. Basic hygiene is very important - washing your hands and ensuring that you cover your mouth when sneezing are simple ways to prevent germs from spreading. Other ways to take care of your hygiene is to regularly clean your workstation or living area and to put all rubbish into a lined rubbish bin. If you do feel sick, stay at home and away from others to both prevent the spread of germs and give yourself the best chance to recover. Sometimes it is the simple habits that will do the best work at preventing you getting sick. You may also wear a facemask, shield, goggles and other hygiene items if you wish. Hand sanitiser is useful, and immunisation is another great method of preventing some infectious diseases.

Who are iStudent Complaints and what can we help you with?
iStudent Complaints is an independent dispute resolution scheme established by the New Zealand Government. Our objective is to encourage swift settlement of contractual and financial disputes between international students and their providers in New Zealand. As an independent and impartial service, we are not affiliated with any Education providers.

Why did we do this blog?
Even if we need to step in one day to help you resolve a dispute, we want you to enjoy studying and living in our amazing country as much as we do. To that end, we’ve created this content so that you may continue to explore and experience the best New Zealand can offer.