Wuhan novel coronavirus

Wuhan novel coronavirus
Posted on 02/03/2020
Information about the Wuhan novel coronavirus

As you likely know, on January 25, 2020, Ontario identified its first presumptive confirmed case for the Wuhan novel coronavirus (2019‐nCoV).

In a recent teleconference with our Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams, he stressed to school boards that our risks are low, but we should still be vigilant and aware of this virus in our province.

The definition of Coronavirus from the Ministry of Ontario’s dedicated website on Wuhan novel coronavirus states that the Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. They can cause disease ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Some human coronaviruses spread easily between people, while others do not. Your risk of severe disease may be higher if you have a weakened immune system. This may be the case for:

  • older people
  • people with chronic disease (for example, diabetes, cancer, heart, renal or chronic lung disease)

At Kenora Catholic, as we do on a regular basis, we will be reminding our students and staff to continue to practice the usual measures to reduce the risk of transmission of the flu and respiratory illness, which includes:

  • Getting a yearly influenza vaccination, available from clinics and pharmacies  (for flu only);
  • Washing hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
  • Covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze;
  • Sneezing or coughing into your sleeve or arm if you don't have a tissue; and
  • Staying at home if you are ill.

To help educate Ontarians about Wuhan novel coronavirus, and how you can protect yourself and your family, the province has launched an Information website. You can also learn more from the Northwestern Health Unit’s Coronavirus Update Media Release from January 27, or from their 2019 – 2020 Flu Campaign.

The health and well‐being of all of our students and staff is our number one priority. We will continue to remain in contact with the Northwestern Health Unit, and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) through the Ministry of Education to monitor the developing situation.

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