The coronavirus has made its way to Canada as the country announced its first case on Saturday. The virus that originated in Wuhan, China has already claimed 56 lives and sickened at least 1,975 others.
The patient in Toronto, Canada is a man in his 50s who recently traveled from Wuhan to Guangzhou, China, and then to Toronto. Investigations are being done by Ontario health officials regarding the details of the man’s contact with others since arriving in Toronto. “Early indications are that he took private transportation home after arriving at Toronto airport and then paramedics brought him to the hospital,” said Reuters.
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According to Fox News, most coronaviruses cause only mild symptoms like those of the common cold. “Other strains, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), can cause pneumonia and death,” the news report said.
The virus, which can be transmitted from human to human, began at an animal and seafood market in Wuhan. Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends regular handwashing and avoiding contact with other sick people to avoid the virus. While there is no vaccine to prevent the virus, the National Institutes of Health confirmed that they were in the “early stages” of developing one. Officials are also hoping that a lockdown on 13 cities will help contain the virus from spreading further.