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An update on Novel Coronavirus COVID-19
February 12, 2020
“Coronavirus” is a very common type of virus that can be found in upper respiratory system in humans, mammals, and birds. Famous examples of previous coronavirus outbreaks include SARS and MERS.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has formally named the novel coronavirus "COVID-19". The current threat erupted in December in China and has made its way across the world and into Canada.
It is extremely important to note that according to the Public Health Agency of Canada, the risk level in Canada and for Canadian travellers remains low.
As with any rapidly evolving health situation there is always uncertainty. Be prepared to respond to the situation as it changes.
It all starts with protecting yourself by maintaining good hygiene. The following preventative actions can be taken to defend against any virus:
As a preparedness and resiliency practitioner, there are steps you can take to respond to the ongoing situation and protect your organization.
Review any potential impacts to your organization. Consider:
Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC): https://www.canada.ca/coronavirus
Centers for Disease Control (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/
World Health Organization (WHO): https://www.who.int/
Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Tracker: https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6
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