Published on: March 6, 2020

Notice – COVID-19

As a precautionary measure, and to counterbalance the many information out there, here is some useful information on COVID-19.

It is important to note that as of March 5, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for Canada. A risk assessment will be conducted as soon as new information becomes available.

The main symptoms

– Fever
– Cough
– Breathing difficulties

Symptoms may be mild (similar to a cold) or more severe (such as those associated with pneumonia and lung or kidney failure).

Preventive measures

Recognised hygiene measures are recommended for everyone:
– Wash your hands often with warm running water and soap for at least 20 seconds
– Use an alcohol-based disinfectant if soap and water are not available

Observe good hygiene when coughing or sneezing:
– Cover your mouth and nose 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

Are you worried or anxious about COVID-19? Contact the Info-Social telephone consultation service at 811. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

To find more answers to your questions, consult these resources:

PHAC’s website
The ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux website (in French)

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