COVID-19 Coronavirus and You

What is COVID-19 Coronavirus?

COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, is a virus that is transmitted from person to person between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). It is transmitted via respiratory droplets from an infected person when they cough or sneeze.

What can I do to help prevent COVID-19?

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. However, you can take the following precautions to help prevent becoming infected:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 30 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Avoid spreading the flu to others by covering your mouth with a tissue or your sleeve when you sneeze or cough.

Can I still travel?

If you’re travelling to an area where the COVID-19 virus has been detected do the following:

  • Check for travel warnings with Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT).
  • Avoid direct contact with surfaces that have been contaminated with bird feces or secretions.
  • Tell your doctor immediately if you become ill with flu-like symptoms during travel or within 10 days of returning from your trip.