Learn more about the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
For information about current confirmed and presumptive confirmed cases in British Columbia, click to visit the BC Centre for Disease Control.
At Fraser Health, the health and safety of our residents and staff are our top priority.
The critical steps to ensure the safety of our employees and the people we serve at Fraser Health include: early identification of cases, prompt isolation, testing and monitoring, and executing proper infection, prevention and control practices within facilities.
In addition to keeping you informed via this Q&A, we have organizational structures, plans and processes in place to address and monitor emerging issues like this one.
What is a coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause respiratory illnesses in humans, ranging from less-severe disease, such as the common cold, to more severe disease such as MERS and SARS. Some transmit easily from person to person, while others do not.
How is this novel coronavirus transmitted?
The early cases in Wuhan were probably due to transmission of the virus from animals to humans in a seafood and meat market.
Now it is clear that this virus can spread between people via droplets generated by coughing and sneezing.
What are the symptoms?
The novel coronavirus causes mild to severe respiratory symptoms including dry cough, fever, sore throat, and headache.