In January 2020, a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was identified as the cause of an outbreak of pneumonia originating in Wuhan, China. The situation is rapidly evolving and Public Health Ontario, along with the Ministry of Health, is closely monitoring the outbreak, conducting surveillance and appropriate laboratory testing, and providing public health and infection control guidance. On January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern” (PHEIC). On March 11, the WHO publicly characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic. On March 17th, the Ontario Premier declared a state of emergency for Ontario.
The virus that causes COVID-19 is infecting people and spreading easily from person-to-person. Cases have been detected in most countries worldwide and community spread is being detected in a growing number of countries.
The risk from COVID-19 to Canadians can be broken down into risk of exposure versus risk of serious illness and death.
Risk of exposure:
Risk of Severe Illness:
Early information out of China, where COVID-19 first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:
Many of our clients have ongoing questions regarding their practices/clinics operations and the safety of their team and patients.
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