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A magnified, digitally colorized image of a corona virus cell. // Image from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

A magnified, digitally colorized image of a coronavirus cell. // Image from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

University message on the Coronavirus

January 28, 2020 — 

On behalf of Darlene Smith, Associate Vice-President (Human Resources) and Laurie M. Schnarr, Vice-Provost (Students)

The University has received questions regarding the Coronavirus from students, staff and faculty. At the present time, health officials continue to note that the risk of contracting the virus remains low. We are actively monitoring the situation in conjunction with Manitoba Health and the Public Health Agency of Canada and will provide additional information on the University’s homepage when available. Answers to commonly asked questions can be found here.

Manitoba Health advises that persons may be at risk if they have travelled to Wuhan, China within 14 days prior to onset of illness, and currently have signs/symptoms suggestive of the virus now known as the 2019 Novel Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Weakness
  • Headache

Manitoba Health also advises that persons may be at risk if they have:

  • Come into contact with someone who has or is suspected of having infection with coronavirus from Wuhan, China, OR
  • Come into contact with someone with flu-like symptoms (cough, sneezing, runny nose, fever) who has been to Wuhan, China within 14 days prior to their illness onset, OR
  • Been exposed to laboratory specimens of persons who may have been infected with coronavirus from Wuhan, China

 

If you suspect that you may have been exposed to the coronavirus, please contact:

Health Links/Info Sante at 204-788-8200 or toll-free 1-888-315-9257
http://www.wrha.mb.ca/healthinfo/healthlinks/

 

If you are planning to see a health care provider about suspected coronavirus, please inform your health care provider either when calling for an appointment or when presenting to make an appointment so that appropriate protective measures can be taken.

In terms of precautions to reduce risk, you are encouraged to:

  • Wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer when needed
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow
  • If you have a severe cold or the flu, stay home

For additional information on how to protect yourself, symptoms, and current travel advice, please refer to the following sites:

Manitoba Health:
https://www.gov.mb.ca/health/publichealth/diseases/coronavirus.html

Government of Canada Public Health Agency:
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus.html

U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

World Health Organization:
https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

Government of Canada Travel Advice:
https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories/pneumonia-china

Health care services at the University of Manitoba:
www.umanitoba.ca/student/health-wellness/

Commonly asked questions about Coronavirus
http://umanitoba.ca/student/health/coronavirus.html

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