Note from CSIO’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Doug Richards on the Coronavirus

Friday, January 31, 2020
CSIO

Regarding 2019 Novel Coronavirus:

  • At this time, there is no imminent danger or serious threat posed by this virus in Ontario.
  • Routine hand hygiene is the best defence - please wash your hands frequently and/or use hand sanitizer.
  • Wipe frequently-touched surfaces with disinfectant wipes.  
  • If you cough or sneeze, do so into your elbow, not on your hands; and wash your hands thereafter if needed.
  • There is no protection offered by wearing, nor a need to wear, surgical or N95 face masks.
  • If you have recently travelled to an affected area (central eastern China) and have symptoms (cough, fever, difficulty breathing), please notify a health care provider immediately and avoid contact with others; wash your hands.
  • If you have symptoms of respiratory infection (cough, fever, sneezing, etc.) but have not travelled to an affected area nor been in contact with anyone who has done so, stay at home and treat the illness symptomatically as you would any cold or mild flu.
  • Travel to central-eastern China is not advised at this time.  See Canadian Government Travel Advisories for further information.
  • Additional detailed information from the Government of Ontario can be found at Ontario.ca/coronavirus.
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