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2019 Novel Coronavirus or “Wuhan Coronavirus” is all over the news.  Getting sick is never desired, but a virus this severe is something we all want to avoid.

Tips to avoid getting sick

Here are tips to stay healthy against the flu as well as the Novel Coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

  • Get enough sleep in order to help your immune system function at its best

  • Stay hydrated – drink enough water to make up for the drier air

Credible information about the Novel Coronavirus

For FAQs, information and ongoing, credible updates about this Novel Coronavirus infection, please refer to the Public Health Agency of Canada’s website https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

Infection prevention if you are sick

We all get sick sometimes.  And if you haven’t been in contact with anyone recently from Wuhan, chances are you do not have the Novel Coronavirus infection. But you are still sick, and in addition to personal recovery efforts, you should also take precautions to reduce the spread of germs.

  • Practise proper cough and sneeze etiquette by covering 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.

  • Tell your health care professional: your symptoms; where you have been travelling or living; if you had direct contact with animals (for example, if you visited a live animal market); if you had close contact with a sick person, especially if they had a fever, cough or difficulty breathing. Describe your symptoms to the health care provider before you go in for an appointment so they can best advise you.

  • If you have traveled to Wuhan, China or were in close contact with others recently from Wuhan, and you develop symptoms of 2019 Novel Coronavirus infection, avoid contact with others and contact a health care professional.