Coronavirus: High-risk whānau talk about the threat COVID-19 poses to them

While many New Zealanders are still coming to terms of life in lockdown, for whānau dealing with compromised immunity the decision to isolate couldn't have come sooner.

Former New Zealand volleyball rep Teina Boyd told Three's The Hui she is "assured to be gone" should she be infected with the coronavirus. 

Boyd has been a tetraplegic since 2014 after breaking her C4 vertebrae in an accident. She wears a corset to help her breath and has already been admitted to ICU twice after catching a cold.

She says the lockdown could've come a few days earlier "but at least it's happened".

Boyd made the decision to self-isolate before the lockdown was declared, and encourages other families to follow their protective instincts.

The parents of five-year-old cancer survivor Ka'iulani Forbes made the decision to self-isolate four weeks ago.

Moana and Manihera Forbes say their daughter's lungs have been seriously compromised by her illness and treatment so they didn't want to take any risks with her health. 

"It was an easy decision for us - if there is any risk to her, we put measures in place to try to prevent that risk."

The couple, who have three young children at home, say they have become accustomed to life in isolation after going through a grieving process.

"You take for granted when they go off to kōhanga and then they're at home 24/7, it is a big job."

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