Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that can affect the lungs and airways, there is no research specifically looking at the risk to people with coeliac disease.
There is currently no vaccination available for the COVID-19 coronavirus, however this is a timely reminder to discuss flu vaccinations with your GP. The 2020 influenza vaccine is expected to be available from 1 April.
It is possible to come in contact with flu viruses all year round, but the chance of the flu virus circulating in the community is highest during winter. For most people, the best time to be vaccinated against influenza is just before the start of the winter season – in New Zealand, this would between April and June.
For health advice and information about COVID-19 contact the dedicated Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or view the information sheets developed by the Ministry of Health.
OFFICE UPDATE 20TH March 2020
Obviously this is an uncertain time for all of us as we wait to see how the COVID-19 / Coronavirus pandemic will affect us over the coming months in New Zealand.
In times like these, we get through by supporting each other and following the best advice we can get. That advice includes encouraging employers and workers to consider whether working from home is practical. Here at Coeliac NZ, as this is something we can do, we will be shutting the Newmarket office from the close of business today, onward up until the Tuesday after Easter (at which time we will reassess this).
The CNZ staff will however still be able to respond to your queries and process new membership orders and send out packs, orders and resources as needed. Our staff (Board and volunteers) will be working remotely and we will be able to respond your phone and email messages as normal.
Stay safe and please do get in touch via our email address email@example.com if you need anything from us.