Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

What you need to know about Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)What you need to know about the Novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV

Information for Health Care Providers
The Lakeridge Health coronavirus website provides key updates about coronavirus, how people can protect themselves and Lakeridge Health’s activities to prepare.

What are coronaviruses and the novel coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, ranging from the common cold to severe diseases. The Wuhan novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a new coronavirus identified in China in late December.  

As of January 30, there are two confirmed cases in Ontario. However, the Public Health Agency of Canada states that the risk of coronavirus to Canadians is low.

How do I protect myself?
Similar to prevention for the flu, you can protect yourself by washing your hands, avoiding people who are sick, staying home when you are ill and covering your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze. 

Who is at risk of novel coronavirus?
You are at risk of contracting novel coronavirus if you have recently travelled to Wuhan, China or have been in close contact either with someone who has the virus or who has recently travelled to the affected area and has symptoms.

What do I do if I am at risk of novel coronavirus?
If you feel ill after travelling to or being near someone who has travelled to an at-risk area, contact Durham Regional Health Department or a physician or other health care provider and tell them your travel history and symptoms.

Most people with coronavirus illness will recover on their own and are advised to drink plenty of fluids, get rest and sleep and try a humidifier or a hot shower to help with a sore throat or cough. 

How is Lakeridge Health preparing for novel coronavirus?
In response to the emerging respiratory infections and seasonal influenza, Lakeridge Health has robust screening and infection prevention and control procedures at all emergency departments. For more information about our preparations, please see Frequently Asked Questions.

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