John is monitoring the novel coronavirus situation very carefully and is reviewing regular updates from the Medical Officer of Health. We will continue to keep the community updated on the work being done by Toronto Public Health in the coming days. At this time, TPH continues to advise that the risk to our community remains low. Staff are however working around the clock to ensure Toronto is well prepared and in contact with those that may have come into close contact with either of the two individuals that have been confirmed as cases.
We understand that during uncertain situations, people may worry. However, there is concern that the spread of inaccurate information is creating unnecessary stigma against members of our community.
TPH is reminding residents to check credible, evidence-based sources to get the facts when seeking information. For this reason, TPS has set up a hotline to provide the public with a place to get information, ask questions about this virus or connect with a health professional. Residents who have questions are encouraged to contact TPH at 416-338-7600.
The best way to prevent infection with coronavirus and other respiratory viruses is to take preventative measures like washing your hands frequently and staying home if you’re ill. Other prevention measures include:
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the garbage and wash your hands.
If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
If you are experiencing symptoms that feel worse than a standard cold, see your health care practitioner.
For more information, please visit www.Toronto.ca/coronavirus.