We're also collaborating with local hospitals, primary care, emergency services, the Ministry of Health, Public Health Ontario, and other provincial and federal partners to protect Niagara residents.
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).
The new (novel) coronavirus is a new virus in this family which we have not previously seen.
Our assessment, and the consensus of international experts, is that the risk for Canadians is low.
Avoid sharing personal items that come into contact with saliva, such as toothbrushes and eating utensils.
If you have travelled to mainland China within 14 days and have recently developed respiratory symptoms, avoid contact with others and contact your health care professional immediately. Call ahead to allow health care staff to take appropriate precautions.
Common signs of infection include:
In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, and rarely, death.
To prevent the spread of infectious diseases and to keep healthy, follow these simple steps:
|Stay home if you're sick
Return to work or school when you're well
|Wash your hands often
Use soap and water or hand sanitize. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
|Cover your cough or sneeze
With a tissue or into your sleeve. Increase cleaning and disinfection of surfaces.
|Keep your distance
Avoid shaking hands and close contact with people who are sick.
|Avoid sharing personal items
Especially those that come into contact with saliva, such as toothbrushes and eating utensils.
There is no evidence of community spread in Canada. This means that all confirmed cases in Canada travelled to the affected area in mainland China. Any person who is suspected or tested for the virus is immediately isolated. Their close contacts are very closely followed and isolated if they develop any symptoms.
Dr. Theresa Tam, the chief public health officer of Canada, has emphasized that for people that are well, there is no need to wear a mask to protect against novel coronavirus. She advises that wearing masks when you're well is not an effective measure.
Wearing masks in public may raise alarm and fear. Widespread use of masks may also result in shortage of supplies for health care providers who need them most. If you're a health care provider, check with your employer around mask use.
All international travellers arriving in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver international airports will be asked additional screening questions to determine if they have visited mainland China.
If you have travelled to Hubei Province in the last 14 days:
If you have travelled from mainland China in the last 14 days: