Who will be in higher risk for COVID-19?
Mar. 14, 2020
Global Korean Post
The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified COVID-19 as causing an outbreak of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, in Wuhan, China, in late 2019 and early 2020.
Areas in Canada with cases of COVID-19 as of March 12, 2020 are as follow:
The status of cases in Ontario as of March 12, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. ET, total number of patients approved for COVID-19 testing to date are 4185.
Among them, Confirmed positive is 54, Negative 3590, Resolved 5, and Negative 3590.
The symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus, which can include fever and cough, are similar to other respiratory infections, including influenza.
As a result, individuals who may simply have the flu are being tested out of an abundance of caution and in line with Ontario’s robust detection protocols. This means that most individuals who are tested are unlikely to be infected with the 2019 novel coronavirus.
Coronaviruses are spread mainly from person to person through close contact, for example, in a household, workplace or health care centre.
Some human coronaviruses spread easily between people, while others do not.
Your risk of severe disease may be higher if you have a weakened immune system. This may be the case for older people or people with chronic disease such as diabetes, cancer, heart, renal or chronic lung disease.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and breathing difficulty (in some cases).
These symptoms are similar to those related to other respiratory viruses circulating during the winter months. All cases have been isolated in hospital, but detailed information about disease severity in China has not been reported. Information on the full spectrum of disease is not yet available.
Current epidemiologic information suggests that limited human-to-human transmission of COVID-19 may have occurred in some reported instances where individuals were in close contact with symptomatic cases.
Until more definitive information becomes available, appropriate infection prevention and control measures (contact and droplet precautions) should be implemented to prevent onward transmission of the virus.