Detected in December of 2019 the Coronavirus, known as 2019-nCoV, has been linked to a seafood market that also sells other animals in Wuhan, China. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases.
The coronavirus has now spread to at least 16 countries, including Canada. As of yesterday, the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) has declared the virus outbreak as a global health emergency, indicating that this virus is now officially a risk beyond China. The declaration has officially been called a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The disease has not yet spread widely in Canada, however, precautions should be taken.
Wall-mounted hand sanitizer dispensers have been placed in strategic high-traffic locations at Beanfield Centre and Enercare Centre for use by employees and visitors. Additionally, alcohol-based hand soap is available in all Beanfield Centre and Enercare Centre staff and public washrooms.
There are steps that you can also take to protect yourself. WHO’s standard recommendations for the general public to reduce exposure to and transmission of a range of illnesses are as follows, which include hand and respiratory hygiene:
- Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water;
- When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands;
- Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever and cough;
- When visiting live markets in areas currently experiencing cases of novel coronavirus, avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals;
Exhibition Place will continue to keep clients informed as the World Health Organization and Toronto Public health provide new information regarding this matter.