Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Some coronaviruses transmit between animals, some between animals and people, and others from people to people.

Symptoms of coronavirus infections

Coronavirus infections are common and typically lead to the common cold. Gastrointestinal disease is possible for young infants. Symptoms are usually mild to moderate and can include:

  • runny nose
  • headache
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • fever
  • a general feeling of being unwell

If you get a coronavirus infection

If you have cold-like symptoms, you can help protect others by doing the following:

    • stay home while sick
    • avoid close contact with others
    • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands
    • clean and disinfect objects and surfaces

Learn more about Coronavirus

Visit the Government of Canada's website for more information about the Coronavirus.

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