What is Coronavirus?

Posted Jan 27th, 2020 in Tips & News

What is Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. They can cause diseases ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

Some human coronaviruses spread easily between people, while others do not.

Your risk of severe disease may be higher if you have a weakened immune system. This may be the case for:

  • older people
  • people with chronic disease (for example, diabetes, cancer, heart, renal or chronic lung disease)

How Ontario is Preparing

Ontario is working with its partners in the health care system implementing a robust plan to monitor for, detect and, if needed, isolate any cases the Wuhan novel coronavirus. The Ministry of Health is taking several steps to ensure the health and safety of Ontarians. This includes:
  • monitoring hospitals for potential cases of the virus in individuals with travel history to Wuhan, China
  • adding novel coronavirus as a designated disease reportable under Ontario's public health legislation, enabling local public health units to quickly and effectively take all necessary measures to investigate, complete lab tests and do case and contact management to prevent and control further spread of the infection
  • ongoing planning with federal and provincial/territorial partners and readiness to coordinate with other provinces/territories if the virus is identified in Ontario
  • promoting awareness and providing guidance to health care providers
  • closely monitoring the situation and coordinating with Public Health Ontarioand Public Health Agency of Canada
  • meeting with hospitals, paramedics and local public health units near Pearson International Airport to provide further information on the federal border screening measures


Symptoms

Symptoms range from common to severe respiratory illnesses and include:

  • fever
  • cough
  • difficulty breathing
  • pneumonia and kidney failure
  • In severe cases, death can be an outcome.


How to protect yourself
To reduce exposure to and transmission of a range of illnesses, including coronaviruses, you should follow usual health precautions such as:
  • washing your hands often - use a hand sanitizer
  • avoiding contact with people who are sick
  • practising proper cough and sneeze etiquette


If you are travelling to an area known to have cases of coronavirus, be sure to avoid:
  • high-risk areas such as farms, live animal markets and areas where animals may be slaughtered
  • contact with animals (alive or dead), including pigs, chickens, ducks and wild birds
  • surfaces with animal droppings or secretions on them


Feeling Sick after Travel

If symptoms of an existing medical condition worsen while travelling, and you are still sick when you return to Canada:
  • tell a flight attendant or a border services officer when you arrive so they can decide whether you need further medical assessment
If you are sick after you return to Canada:
  • see a health care provider and tell them the countries you visited, and if you received medical care (for example, blood transfusions, injections, dental care or surgery)
If you were sick while you were away:
  • see a health care provider and tell them the countries you visited, and if you received medical care (for example, blood transfusions, injections, dental care or surgery)
  • tell a flight attendant or a border services officer when you arrive. They will decide whether you need further medical assessment.
If you are travelling to another country:
  • learn about travel advisories related to Wuhan novel coronavirus

Treatment

There are no specific treatments for coronaviruses, and there is no vaccine that protects against coronaviruses. Most people with common human coronavirus illness will recover on their own.

If symptoms feel worse than a standard cold, see your health care practitioner. They can relieve symptoms by prescribing a pain or fever medication.

You should also:
  • drink plenty of fluids
  • get rest and sleep as much as possible
  • try a humidifier or a hot shower to help with a sore throat or cough

24/7 help by phone
Telehealth: 1-866-797-0000 people with chronic disease (for example, diabetes, cancer, heart, renal or chronic lung disease)

 Information taken off Government of Onatrio web site which is updated daily.

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