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. Novel coronaviruses are new strains of the virus that have not been previously identified in humans.
However, this strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) does not appear to be as severe as other coronaviruses, such as SARS. Many patients have reported only mild symptoms. See more information on actions the government is taking.
Resources for Business
As part of Canada’s business community, we feel that it is important to have a pandemic preparedness plan in place. It will be peace of mind for your business now and for any future situations. It’s a good rule of thumb to have a crisis plan in place and pandemic preparedness can become part of your overall crisis plan. You never know when a crisis will hit – think of forest fires, floods and flus – all in one plan. Prepare now. Find more information on pandemic preparedness.