Frequently Asked Questions: Novel Coronavirus
On December 31, 2019, a cluster of cases of pneumonia was reported in Wuhan, China, and the cause has been confirmed as a new coronavirus that has not previously been identified in humans. This virus is now known as the 2019 Novel Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
- Difficulty Breathing
IS THERE A VACCINE TO PROTECT AGAINST THIS VIRUS?
No, there is currently no vaccine to protect against 2019 Novel Coronavirus infection.
HOW ARE PEOPLE BEING TREATED FOR THIS ILLNESS?
For now, there is no specific treatment for people with coronavirus infection. Most people will recover on their own.
WHAT CAN I DO TO PROTECT MYSELF AGAINST THE VIRUS?
- Wash your hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if water and soap are not available
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as cell phones, door knobs, etc.
- Monitor your health and avoid close contact with people who are sick
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I GET SICK?
- Separate yourself from others and avoid public areas.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with your arm to reduce the spread of germs. If you use a tissue, dispose of it as soon as possible and wash your hands afterwards.
- Contact a health care professional and inform them of your symptoms, and that you suspect you may have Coronavirus. They can be prepared with infection control measures upon your arrival.
- Follow Health Canada’s website
- Call the 2019-nCoV information line at 1-833-784-4397
- Visit World Health Organization’s Novel Coronavirus information page