What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.
What are the symptoms?
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.
If you think you might have the symptoms:
How does it get spread?
People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets.
World Health Organization (WHO) is continuously monitoring and responding to this outbreak. This Q&A will be updated as more is known about COVID-19, how it spreads and how it is affecting people worldwide. For more information, check back regularly on WHO’s coronavirus pages.
Extensive resources of the state of COVID-19 in Canada and the place to go for all Government of Canada emergency support programs. Visit this site often for new information and changes to the federal support programs as the government continues to remain attentive the needs of Canadians. The following site link provides a serious of frequently asked questions as well as printable and downloadable resources: Coronavirus Disease COVID-19
COVID-19 numbers in Canada and around the world
For the latest COVID-19 numbers in Canada and by each province visit the Interactive Case Map and Data
Get the Canada COVID-19 app (iOS or Android) for COVID-19 information, recommendations, and resources.