What Canadians Need to Know About the Coronavirus

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What Canadians Need to Know About the Coronavirus

On January 25, 2020, the first case of the coronavirus was seen in Canada. It occurred in a person who had been in Wuhan, China 14 days before becoming sick.

Risk to Canadians:
The Public Health Agency of Canada currently states that the public health risk for Coronavirus is low for Canada and for Canadian travelers.

If you do not have any symptoms, you can continue with your daily activities, such as going to work, school, or other public areas.

Symptoms range from those similar to a common cold, to severe respiratory illnesses. It is important to keep in mind that this is also flu season and many people may be presenting with similar symptoms, but not be infected with the Coronavirus

If you, or someone you know, has recently returned from Wuhan City in China and has any of the following symptoms they should see a doctor immediately:
• fever, cough
• shortness of breath
• breathing difficulties

How to protect yourself:
• Wash your hands often
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve (not your hand)
• Avoid close contact with farm or wild animals in other countries

Canada is closely monitoring the Coronavirus infection:
• The Public Health Agency of Canada is working with international partners, including the World Health Organization, to monitor the situation. 

• Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer is in close contact with provinces and territories to ensure that any cases will be quickly identified and managed in order to protect the health of Canadians. 

• Public health risk is continually reassessed as new information becomes available. Click here for the most recent information issued by the Public Health Agency of Canada.  

If you have any concerns or questions call Public Health Services at 306-766-7790 or call HealthLine 811. Healthline 811 also has a page where you can ask questions online https://www.healthwise.net/saskhealthauthority/Content/CustDocument.aspx?XML=STUB.XML&XSL=CD.FRONTPAGE.XSL

For general travel health advice call the Regina Travel Health Centre at
306-766-7904 or visit the Government of Canada's Travel Advisory page https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories