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Information about novel coronavirus for Yukoners

Read the most up-to-date information about novel coronavirus.

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Novel coronaviruses are new strains of the virus which have not been identified in humans before. The 2019 novel coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

Some coronaviruses pass easily from person to person, while others do not.

Symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

What do we know about the virus?

  • Both mild and severe illness have been reported.
  • Many of the virus characteristics are still unknown.

What are health agencies doing?

China and the international community are conducting ongoing investigations to better understand the 2019 novel coronavirus:

  • where the disease came from; 
  • how it’s transmitted; and
  • the severity of illness.

Canada and its partners are closely watching and quickly responding to this 
outbreak. This work is being done by public health agencies at all levels in 
Canada and around the world, and the Public Health Agency of Canada. 

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and Yukon Communicable Disease Control are working with Public Health Agency of Canada. We'll make sure we take evidence-based and effective measures to protect all Yukoners.

What is Yukon doing?

Yukon health care providers are keeping up to date on 2019 novel coronavirus. They know how to:

  • recognize the virus in a person who may be infected; and
  • how to best care for them.

The Yukon Chief Medical Officer of Health and Yukon Communicable Disease Control are closely following this outbreak. They are:

  • working with their counterparts across the country; and 
  • leading all preparations to protect Yukoners against this outbreak.

Learn more and protect yourself

The following everyday practices help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including novel coronavirus (2019-CoV):

  • wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
  • use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available;
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands;
  • avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  • clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are touched a lot;
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue immediately into the trash; or
  • cover your mouth and nose with your inner elbow when you cough or sneeze; and
  • stay home when you are sick.

At this time, the spread of the disease outside of China is limited. The Public Health 
Agency is monitoring the situation. Currently, the risk within Canada and Yukon is low. Current information suggests that limited human-to-human transmission of novel coronavirus may have occurred in some reported instances where individuals were in close contact with people who had symptoms.

When to stay at home and phone 811 or your health provider

If you:

  • have signs of a respiratory infection (fever, cough or shortness of breath)
    AND within 14 days have:
    • travelled to affected areas
    • have lived with, or provided direct care to a person who is a probable or confirmed case of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV); 
    • lived with, or provided direct care to, a person who has recently travelled to an affected area.

Should I buy or wear a mask?

There are 2 reasons why a person may choose to wear a mask:

  • protect themselves from getting an infection from other people; or
  • prevent themselves from passing an infection to other people.

There is no evidence that masks can protect a person from a viral infection in the general public. We do not recommend that you wear a mask to protect yourself from coronavirus, or other viral infections.

There is no vaccine for the coronavirus. But, you can get the seasonal flu shot if you 
haven’t received it this year.

People with certain health conditions may need to wear a mask. If your health care 
provider has recommended you wear a mask, you should wear it. Public shortages of masks could mean that people who should be wearing masks may not be able to obtain them. 

A source you can trust is the World Health Organization’s guidelines about mask use to prevent novel coronavirus infection. 

Wearing a mask in a health care facility

We can all help reduce the spread of infectious diseases in health care settings. We do this by consistent use of appropriate infection and prevention control. This protects patients, staff and visitors.

If you have symptoms of a respiratory infection, you may be asked to wear a mask as a precaution to prevent infecting others, if you’re in a:

  • doctor’s office;
  • health centre; 
  • continuing care facility; or 
  • hospital.

Health care providers come in contact with many sick patients every day. Health care providers wear masks to protect themselves from getting an infection from a sick patient. 

Information for travellers

The Public Health Agency of Canada has put in place measures to detect and contain this infection. These include information and health screens at multiple Canadian international airports.

Pay close attention to Canada’s recommendations on travel health notices, as these may be updated frequently.

If you become sick after returning to Canada from abroad, tell your healthcare provider.


Is it safe to travel to China or other countries that have had cases of coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Stay up to date and follow Canada's recommendations on travel health notices.


What should I do if I think I have coronavirus (COVID-19)?

At this time, the spread of the disease outside of China is limited. The Public Health Agency is monitoring the situation. Currently, the risk within Canada and the Yukon is low. Current information suggests that limited human-to-human transmission of coronavirus may have occurred in some reported instances where individuals were in close contact with people who had symptoms. 

Other resources

It's important to get your health information from a trusted source. This can be difficult during an evolving health situation which is constantly changing. Before sharing or liking information online or on social media, think about what the source of information is and how accurate it is.
Sources you can trust for ongoing health information on 2019 novel coronavirus include:
Government of Yukon
Public Agency of Canada 
BC Centre for Disease Control
World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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