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COVID-19 General Information

March 16, 2020

WHAT IS NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new coronavirus that appeared first in Wuhan, China and has since had cases in many countries around the world. A novel coronavirus is one that has not been identified in humans before. It is being referred to as COVID-19 (as of February 11, 2020) and belongs to the coronavirus family, which cause a wide range of illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe respiratory illnesses.
 

THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO) HAS DECLARED COVID-19 AS A PANDEMIC. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

  • As of March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as a pandemic.
  • A pandemic describes an infectious disease where there is person-to-person spread in multiple countries around the world.
  • The declaration of a pandemic does not change WDGPH’s response to COVID-19.
  • Ontario Public Health units, including Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, work very closely with the Ontario Ministry of Health, Public Health Ontario, and

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