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2019 Novel Coronavirus (New Coronavirus)

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Current situation

 
  • The risk remains low to individuals across Ontario.
  • Halton Public Health continues to work closely with provincial and local health counterparts to monitor the situation and assess health risk.
  • Learn more about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (New Coronavirus) from the Ontario Ministry of Health (external link) website.

  • The Government of Canada is continuing to recommend that Canadians avoid non-essential travel to China and avoid all travel to Hubei province. For more information about international travel please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website (external link) or view our information below.
  • Health authorities in Wuhan, China first report cases of undiagnosed viral pneumonia. The cause is confirmed as a new coronavirus, known as 2019-nCoV or new coronavirus, which has not previously been identified in humans. For updated information on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), visit the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Coronavirus Infection: Symptoms and treatment webpage (external link).

 

About 2019 Novel Coronavirus

  • Coronaviruses (YouTube Video link) are a large family of viruses that can cause symptoms similar to the common cold but in some cases can cause more severe respiratory illness.
  • In January 2020, a novel coronavirus (new coronavirus) was identified as the cause of an outbreak of pneumonia originating in Wuhan, China.
  • To learn more about the new coronavirus, please visit ontario.ca/coronavirus (external link).

Risk to Halton residents

While the risk to individuals in Ontario remains low, residents are encouraged to tell their health care provider if they have travelled to China, and develop symptoms consistent with the coronavirus. To date, there have been no cases in Halton region. For the latest information about the status of cases in Ontario, please visit ontario.ca/coronavirus (external link)

How to protect yourself

The best way to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses including the new coronavirus is to:

  • stay home when ill;
  • cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve;
  • wash hands with soap and water or with alcohol-based hand rub; and
  • clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.

Halton Region Public Health does not recommend wearing a surgical or N95 mask for day-to-day activities.

For more information, please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Novel Coronavirus infection: Symptoms and treatment webpage (external link).

Travellers should consult the Travel Canada (external link) website for the latest health advice prior to departure.

Symptoms

Symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus infection include fever, cough and breathing difficulties.

Contact Halton Region Public Health immediately by calling 311, 905-825-6000 or toll free at 1-866-442-5866 if you have:

  • a fever OR cough OR pneumonia AND any of the following:
    • Travelled to mainland China, in the 14 days before onset of illness; or
    • close contact with a confirmed or probable case of 2019-nCoV; or
    • close contact with a person with acute respiratory illness who has been to mainland China within 14 days prior to their illness onset.

Halton Public Health will coordinate with local healthcare providers to arrange appropriate testing.

Anyone with severe symptoms should seek medical attention by calling 911. Please inform 911 of your symptoms and recent travel history to ensure the right infection prevention and control precautions are taken.

Travelers

If you have travelled to Hubei province within the last 14 days, please contact Halton Region Public Health by calling 311. Halton Region Public Health recommends you limit your contact with others for a total of 14 days from the date that you left Hubei.

If you have travelled to mainland China, Halton Region Public Health recommends you to monitor for symptoms for 14 days. If you develop fever or cough, contact Public Health by calling 311.

Anyone with severe symptoms should seek medical attention by calling 911. Please inform 911 of your symptoms and recent travel history to ensure the right infection prevention and control precautions are taken.

Treatment

At this time, there is no specific treatment for coronavirus infection and no vaccine. Most people with common coronavirus will recover on their own by:

  • Drinking plenty of fluids;
  • Getting rest and sleeping as much as possible; and
  • Using a humidifier or a hot shower to help with a sore throat or cough.

For more information please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Novel Coronavirus infection: Symptoms and treatment webpage (external link).

To contact Halton Region Public Health, call 311, 905-825-6000 or toll free at 1-866-442-5866.

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