About coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

What it is

COVID-19 is an illness caused by a coronavirus.

Human coronaviruses are common and are typically associated with mild illnesses, similar to the common cold.


Symptoms may be very mild or more serious.

Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to the virus. The most common symptoms include:


Coronaviruses are most commonly spread from an infected person through:

These viruses are not known to spread through ventilation systems or through water.


The best way to prevent the spread of infections is to:

If you have symptoms

If you have symptoms of COVID-19:

For more information, visit Canada.ca/coronavirus or contact 1-833-784-4397

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