What is the Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person.
Is COVID-19 in New Brunswick?
There are currently 91 cases of COVID-19 in New Brunswick. Most cases are related to travel, but the public is being advised to practice social distancing and avoid direct contact with others. The public is asked to avoid calling Tele-Care (811) unless they have mild to moderate symptoms.
While the risk of contracting Covid-19 is low, it is recommended that you always use infection-prevention actions such as hand washing, coughing and sneezing into your sleeve, and staying at home if you feel ill. If you have the symptoms of Covid-19 you should stay home and call Tele-Care at 811 to determine what you should do.
What are the Symptoms of COVID-19?
Below is a graphic showing the symptoms of Covic-19, influenza and colds. Some of the most common symptoms of COVID-19 include Fever, Cough, and Difficulty Breathing / Shortness of Breath. If you have symptoms, call Tele-Care at 811 before visiting your healthcare provider.
What does COVID-19 mean for people living with lung disease?
People with lung disease are among those who are most at risk of developing a serious case of COVID-19, as their respiratory health is already compromised.
If you have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or believe you have otherwise been exposed to COVID-19 or are confirmed to have this infection, stay home and contact your respirologist and primary care provider for advice right away.
Call your respirologist and primary care provider if you have recently travelled from an area that has known cases of COVID-19
It is also highly important that you take actions to reduce the risk of getting sick with the disease, including:
- Making sure you have adequate supplies and medications
- Practice social distancing by keeping away from others who are sick (3 feet is recommended)
- Wash hands frequently for a minimum of 20 seconds. When unable to wash hands with soap and water, use an alcohol-based sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid non-essential travel
- If there is an outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible to avoid exposure
- Avoid close contact (at least 3 feet away) with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a flexed elbow or tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
On March 27th the Lung Association held a webinar focused on COVID-19 and people living with lung disease. A list of Frequently Asked Questions has been collected, with answers from lung health professionals.
Is there any link between vaping/smoking/water pipe use and susceptibility to COVID-19?
Yes. The use of shared water pipes has been linked to the spread of certain infectious diseases. Furthermore, the use of cold water in the water pipes can facilitate survival of bacteria and/or viruses. While information regarding susceptibility of those who smoke to contracting COVID-19 is still forthcoming, we do know that those who smoke are two to four times more likely to contract bacterial and/or viral infections.
Where do I find more information?
We will continue to provide information to New Brunswickers as it becomes available. For more information, visit Health Canada, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the New Brunswick Chief Medical Officer of Health website.