COVID-19 How to protect yourself and your loved ones?

Updated as of April 16, 2020, 2:00 pm ET

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What is COVID-19?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory infections. These can range from the common cold to more serious diseases. COVID-19 is a new disease that has not been previously identified in humans. It was first reported in December 2019 in Wuhan City in China.


Coronaviruses are most commonly spread from an infected person through:

  • respiratory droplets when you cough or sneeze
  • close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • touching something with the virus on it, then touching your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands


COVID-19 symptoms are similar to a cold or flu. Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19. Symptoms have included:

  • fever
  • cough
  • difficulty breathing

How to Protect yourself and others from getting sick?

To prevent the spread of viruses, practise good hygiene and social distancing. Good hygiene includes:

  • covering your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue
  • disposing of tissues properly
  • washing your hands often with soap and water, including before and after eating and after going to the toilet
  • using alcohol-based hand sanitisers
  • cleaning and disinfecting surfaces
  • if you are sick, avoiding contact with others and staying more than 1.5 metres away from people
  • cleaning and sanitising frequently used objects such as mobiles, keys and wallets

If you think you have COVID-19

If you are sick and think you have symptoms of COVID-19, seek medical attention, call your health care provider or public health authority

Tell the doctor about:

  • your symptoms
  • any travel history
  • any recent contact with someone who has COVID-19

Getting tested

Your doctor will tell you if you should be tested. They will arrange for the test. You will only be tested if your doctor decides you meet the criteria.


There is no treatment for COVID-19, but medical care can treat most of the symptoms. Antibiotics do not work on viruses.

Current situation

Area in Canada with cases of COVID-19 as of April 16, 2020

Province, territory or otherNumber of confirmed casesNumber of probable casesNumber of deaths
Newfoundland and Labrador24703
Prince Edward Island2600
Nova Scotia54903
New Brunswick11700
British Columbia1,561075
Northwest Territories500
Repatriated travellers1300

COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool

Worried you might have COVID-19? Try the government’s new online self-assessment. Get advice from the federal government without having to leave the house or spend time on hold. The online self-assessment tool was launched Saturday by the federal government. Anyone using the tool is asked a series of questions about themselves. Depending on what symptoms users report, they are advised to either visit an emergency room, call telehealth, self-isolate at home or do nothing. It also includes links to provincial and territorial resources on COVID-19.

Find public health authority in your province, please visit:

For more information on COVID-19 virus, please visit Government of Canada Public Health:

COVID-19 Symptoms and treatment

Prevention and risks

Travel advice

Canada’s response

  • Economic and financial support

–  $305M distinctions-based Indigenous Community Support Fund

News Release: Prime Minister announces more support for workers and businesses through Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

How to apply for EI and COVID-19 emergency benefits?

– To apply for New EI Benefit – 5 Steps:  Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)

– To apply for emergency care benefit: go to the Canada Revenue Agency MyAccount secure portal, or through a My Service Canada account, or by calling a toll-free number that has not yet been announced.

  • At Canadian borders

As of March 18, 2020, the Government of Canada will ban foreign nationals from all countries except the United States from entering Canada.

  • Self-isolation

As of March 16, 2020, all travellers entering Canada are being asked to self-isolate for 14 days upon entry.

Placemat: Indigenous Services Canada’s Preparedness and Response to COVID-19 (Download PDF)

COVID-19 updates from MNC Governing Members





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