If you have COVID-19
If you test positive for COVID-19, you must isolate for at least 7 days while you recover. Isolating helps protect you and your family.
Most people can manage their COVID-19 symptoms safely at home.
When to begin your isolation
Start isolating from either:
- the day your symptoms started, or
- the day you tested positive
Isolation means staying in your home or accommodation, and not having any face to face contact with other people.
People living with you are your household close contacts. They are not required to isolate but they should remain careful and minimise their interactions outside the household. They should also do RATs daily for 5 days.
Monitor your symptoms
Most people with COVID-19 – especially if they are vaccinated – are likely to have a mild to moderate illness and will be fine to recover at home.
Tips for managing your symptoms at home
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids.
- Get plenty of rest.
- Avoid running, strenuous or high impact activities and exercise until you are well.
- Eat when you feel able to.
- Use a cool face cloth on your face, arms and neck to help cool you down if you have a fever.
- Take paracetamol or ibuprofen to reduce fever, headache and body aches.
- Remember to take any regular medications you are on.
- Try saline nose drops or spray for a blocked or runny nose. Decongestants can provide short term relief.
- For a cough, it is best to stay hydrated (honey and hot drinks may help soothe the cough and sore throat) and avoid lying on your back.
If you need medical advice
Call Niue Foou Hospital on 4100. DO NOT go to the hospital.
If you are travelling or on holiday
If you are travelling or on holiday in Niue, you may have to change your travel plans so you can complete your isolation period.
You are expected to meet any additional costs associated with extending your stay or booking alternative accommodation. Check your travel insurance policy to see if you are covered.
Look after yourself
It is important to look after your mental health and wellbeing. Everyone’s experience of isolation is different. Some people may find this time much harder than others. It is okay to feel stressed or anxious.
When your isolation ends
After 7 days, the Department of Health will contact you to let you know if you can leave isolation.
If you still have symptoms, you may need to continue isolating. The maximum time you will need to isolate is 10 days.
After you have had COVID-19
Once you have recovered and if you have not been vaccinated or had your booster, it is recommended you still get vaccinated.
You should wait 3 months after recovery before getting a COVID-19 vaccination.