As concerns about the novel coronavirus spread, we want to ensure you have the information you need to protect your staff and guests, and answer questions they may have. *Information provided by the Government of Alberta.

What is a Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause respiratory illness in people, ranging from mild common colds to severe illnesses. Others cause illness in animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people, and more rarely, these can then spread from person to person through close contact. Novel coronaviruses are new strains of the virus that have not been previously identified in humans.

At this time, the strain of coronavirus that is in the news (2019-nCoV) does not appear to be as severe as other coronaviruses, such as SARS. Many patients have reported only mild symptoms. There is evidence of person-to-person spread.

There are many common respiratory viruses circulating in Alberta and globally, such as influenza. This will be the most likely cause of a respiratory infection.

 

How Do I Protect My Staff and Guests?

To help protect your staff and guests against respiratory illnesses, including the flu and coronavirus, you should:

  • train your staff to use good hygiene practices, such as frequent handwashing
  • stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill
  • contact your primary health provider or 811 Health Link if you have questions or concerns about your health

 

What Do I Do If a Staff Member Has Recently Visited China’s Hubei Province?

The Government of Alberta recommends you take these precautions (scroll down to “Info for Employers”)

 

More information:

Coronavirus Update (Travel Alberta)

Coronavirus Info for Albertans (Government of Alberta)

Environmental Public Health Resources (Alberta Health Services)

Coronavirus Fact Sheet (Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety)

Respiratory Viruses and the Workplace (Government of Alberta)