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2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

NEW - Translated Infection Control Tips (Chinese)  感染控制信息 (February 12, 2020)

NEW - Translated Self-Isolation Information Sheet (Chinese)  自我隔离信息 (February 12, 2020)

Updated February 6, 2020:

Anyone who has travelled from the Hubei province of China that includes Wuhan China needs to self-isolate for 14 days. That means do not go to school, university, work or social events. You should also actively monitor for symptoms such as fever and cough. If symptoms develop (cough, fever) even mild symptoms, contact public health by calling HealthLine 811 for further assessment and direction.

People arriving from other parts of China need to actively monitor their symptoms and symptoms of their children for 14 days and do not go to school or work if there are even mild symptoms (fever, cough) and contact public health by calling HealthLine 811 for further assessment and direction.

The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends that all travellers consult for important advice to help make informed decisions and travel safely while abroad. Canadians should always tell their health care providers about their travel if they become ill after returning to Canada.

At this time Saskatchewan does not have a confirmed case of COVID-19, and the risk to Canadians remains low.
Persons Under Investigation (PUI) in Saskatchewan
Cumulative counts as of February 17, 2020
Total PUI cases investigated 24
Pending results 3
Negative results 21
Presumptive confirmed cases 0
Confirmed cases 0
This table will be updated with information on the status of COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan every Wednesday.
Confirming a case requires that the specimen be tested at the National Laboratory of Medicine (NML) in Winnipeg. A presumptive positive indicates that a specimen has tested positive at a provincial public health laboratory (in Saskatchewan, the Roy Romanow Provincial Laboratory). Pending results indicates that the specimen is in the process of being tested.

Symptoms of Coronavirus
Common signs include respiratory symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. Older people or those with chronic illnesses may be at higher risk for a more severe form of the disease.

Treatment of Coronavirus
Like most respiratory illnesses, most people with common coronavirus illness will recover on their own. There is no specific treatment for disease caused by a novel coronavirus. However, many of the symptoms can and should be treated. If symptoms feel worse than a standard cold, see a health care provider or call Healthline at 811. If you are planning to see your health care provider or go to the emergency room, please call ahead and explain your symptoms and travel history so they can make appropriate safety accommodations.

How to Protect Yourself Against Coronavirus
Currently, there is no approved vaccine that protects against coronaviruses in humans.

As a respiratory illness, the best method to protect yourself against coronavirus is to practice everyday preventive actions, including:

  • Practice proper cough and sneezing etiquette (into the bend of your elbow);
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water; if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Maintain safe food practices; and
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

There is no evidence that surgical masks protect persons who are not sick. The World Health Organization does not recommend the use of any masks if you do not have a travel history and respiratory symptoms. If you have respiratory symptoms such as cough or difficulty breathing and a relevant travel history you should wear a surgical/procedure mask when seeking medical care at a health facility. If you are going to a health care facility for treatment of your respiratory illness and do not have a mask, ask for one at the admission desk and one will be provided to you.

Learn more about coronavirus by visiting the Public Health Agency of Canada links or downloading the fact sheets below.

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