Canadian Medical Association



Canada has experienced its first case of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Past public health crises such as the SARS outbreak (2003) and more recently, the H1N1 crisis (2009), demonstrated that medical professionals must work together to implement successful infection prevention and control measures.

The Public Health Agency of Canada is actively monitoring the situation, collaborating with the World Health Organization and other international partners to share information on the outbreak globally.

For physicians

The CMA is following developments closely and working with our partners at the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health, and will share information with provincial and territorial medical associations as well as affiliate societies to keep them informed of important changes and events.

For the public

Check for updated and reliable advice from credible sources on a regular basis, such as your local public health department.

If you have symptoms, seek care as quickly as possible. If you are able, call ahead to ensure that you are seeking help at the right level of care – whether at an emergency room, clinic or physician’s office. We are in the midst of a very busy influenza season and ER departments are already facing enormous challenges.

Practise proper infection control, including handwashing, good cough and sneeze etiquette and staying home when not feeling well.

In addition to your provincial/territorial and local public health authorities, there are several other resources available for more information on 2019-nCoV:

Public Health Agency of Canada

General overview

For health professionals

Symptoms and treatment

Travel advice

CMAJ Podcast

A comprehensive analysis of the novel coronavirus

Public Health Ontario

Checklist for clinical office practice

Infection Prevention and Control for Clinical Office Practice


World Health Organization


Johns Hopkins University

Interactive, global map tracking COVID-19

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