Health Alert: U.S Consulate General Auckland

Location: New Zealand 

Event: Covid-19 Update – 06 April  2020  

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Air New Zealand added an additional flight from Auckland to Los Angeles this Wednesday, 8 April. As of 3:00 p.m., 6 April, seats on that flight are still available to purchase from Air New Zealand’s website. 

The United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently released guidance and suggestions for the use of face masks, especially within the United States. How masks can be used, and information on making them yourself, is available on the CDC’s website 

CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States.  We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others  before showing symptoms.  This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms.

In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. 

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