Coronavirus Resources for Iranian Canadians Provided by Public Health Agency of Canada
March 7th, 2020
The Public Health Agency of Canada is writing to you today to provide you with information to help Iranian Canadian communities prepare for and prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
While the risk of spread of this virus within Canada remains low at this time, the virus is present in many countries, and we are asking Canadians to be prepared.
In Iran, there are indicators that suggest widespread community transmission of COVID-19 is occurring. With the upcoming Persian New Year in March 2020, travel between Canada and Iran may rise, increasing the risk for illness.
Human coronaviruses are common and are typically associated with mild illnesses, similar to the common cold. Symptoms may be very mild or more serious, such as fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing, and may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to the virus.
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; and, touching something with the virus on it, then touching your face before washing your hands.
You can help! The following resources are available in multiple languages for free from the Public Health Agency of Canada. We ask that you share this important information with members of your community.
There are a number of things we can all do to stay healthy and prevent the spread of respiratory infections. Wash your hands, cough and sneeze into the bend of your arm, and stay home when you are sick.
The Public Health Agency of Canada thanks you in advance for your collaboration to help protect the health and safety of Canadians.
For the latest and most up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit canada.ca/coronavirus or call the toll-free phone line at 1-833-784-4397.
Director General, Strategic Communications Directorate
Public Health Agency of Canada