Coronovirus disease (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that was first identified in Wuhan in China on Dec. 31, 2019. On March 13, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.
While most cases of COVID-19 cause mild infections, the elderly and those with chronic underlying conditions are most at risk for severe illness. Slowing the spread of the virus is crucial. This can be achieved through a combination of public health measures and the actions individuals and communities can take to prevent infections.
The New Brunswick Medical Society urges citizens to practise good hygiene including proper handwashing, coughing and sneezing into tissues or elbows, avoid touching your face, minimize close face-to-face contact with people who appear ill, self isolate if you feel unwell, and regularly cleaning commonly touched surfaces.
Citizens seeking up-to-date information on COVID-19 should consult the following resources: