What is the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Most people who contract COVID-19 will have mild symptoms, but some people will have more severe symptoms. Symptoms can include:
• cough (or worsening cough)
• difficulty breathing (shortness of breath)
• Sore throat
• runny nose
How can I help protect myself?
There are simple everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. These include:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
• Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
• Social distance - stay at least 6 feet apart from others
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a flexed elbow or tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
What does COVID-19 mean for people living with lung disease?
People with lung disease are among the most at risk, as their respiratory health is already compromised.
If you have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or believe you have otherwise been exposed to COVID-19 or are confirmed to have this infection, stay home and contact your respirologist and primary care provider for advice right away.
Call your respirologist and primary care provider if you have recently travelled from an area that has known cases of COVID-19
For up-to-date information on what's happening in Nova Scotia, stay tuned to the Government of Nova Scotia's website: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/
For additional information from the Canadian Lung Association: www.lung.ca/covid19<http://www.lung.ca/covid19
To access information from the World Health Organization, click HERE
Information for transplant patients RE: COVID-19, click HERE
For questions pertaining to the COVID-19, please do not call 811, but rather call the dedicated line: 1-833-784-4397
To access the recent Covid-19 webinar, put on by the Canadian Lung Association:
A new facemask guideline, developed in partnership with the Canadian Thoracic Society: