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Coronavirus / Flu Prevention

Coronavirus / Flu Prevention

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Update: February 13, 2020

Ontario's third and latest confirmed case of coronavirus has been resolved when the patient in London tested negative for the virus twice in 24 hours and is no longer considered infectious. The first two patients are doing well enough to remain out of hospital. Despite the large number of cases in China, our health authorities remind everyone that the infection risk is low in Ontario and in Canada.

President Craig Stephenson took to WeChat – China's popular social media platform – with a supportive message for Chinese students concerned about the outbreak. He shared some advice promoted by health authorities and reiterated the College's policy about maintaining a respectful and compassionate campus community, as well as reminded students to use our confidential counselling service if they're feeling anxious. Grateful students responded in kind, expressing their heartfelt appreciation for his empathy and support.

Viruses do not discriminate. We are a diverse, inclusive community that values compassion, respect and care for each other. We need to challenge the intolerance, harassment and bullying directed at Chinese and Asian members of our community.

Who should be vigilant? Experts advise those who have recently returned from international travel and become ill with respiratory or flu-like symptoms to isolate themselves at home and report their health and travel history to any healthcare provider or Toronto Public Health by phone. Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to your concerns about the COVID-19.

As always, you can protect yourself during flu season – please remember regular influenza can be life-threatening – by following these simple steps:

  • Get the flu shot
  • Cover your cough
  • Wash your hands
  • Sick? Stay home!

The coronavirus has unfortunately led to the distribution of false news stories and reports. We continue to keep the College community updated with broadcast emails and content on our web and social media pages using facts confirmed by officials at Toronto Public Health, Ontario Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization.

We understand that some people will find continual news about the coronavirus to be stressful. It may help to speak with someone to ease your mind. Students can reach out to one of the College’s counsellors working in Centre for Accessible Learning and Counselling Services (CALCS);

Protect yourself by taking precautions to avoid illness this winter. Be well!


February 6, 2020

The risk of contracting the coronavirus remains very low

While the World Health Organization has declared a global health emergency, the number of persons with the novel coronavirus outside of China amounts to 230 cases. There are currently only five cases in Canada, of which three are in Ontario. All patients here are recovering well.

Local health authorities continue to deem the situation as low risk. For those who have family members in China, it's important to note that while the coronavirus seems to spread with relative ease, it does not appear to strike down healthy individuals. Risk of severe illness may be higher if the patient is elderly, has a chronic disease or weakened immune system.

There's no reason to panic, nor should people be engaged in xenophobic or mean-spirited social media posts or outbursts. Viruses do not discriminate. We are a diverse, inclusive community that values compassion, respect and support for each other. We need to challenge the intolerance, harassment and bullying directed at Chinese and Asian members of our community.

Who should be vigilant? Experts advise those who have recently returned from international travel and become ill with respiratory or flu-like symptoms to isolate themselves at home and report their health and travel history to any healthcare provider or Toronto Public Health by phone. Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions on the college website.

Centennial College continues to monitor the situation and promote healthy habits to curtail the spread of the flu – advice that applies equally well to the coronavirus. In addition to increasing the cleaning of touchpoints on campus, i.e., door handles and taps, the College is diligently monitoring the levels in the hand-sanitizer dispensers and is adding new dispensers at all campus locations. You will also see sanitizer stations set up at building entrances in the coming days. Please use them.

As always, you can protect yourself during flu season by following these simple steps:

  • Get the flu shot
  • Cover your cough
  • Wash your hands
  • Sick? Stay home!

It is not necessary to wear a surgical mask unless you have cough or cold symptoms, in which case you should remain at home. According to medical practitioners, unfitted surgical masks do not protect you from contracting viruses; they only help keep you from passing germs onto others.

The coronavirus has unfortunately led to the distribution of false news stories and reports. We will keep the College community updated with broadcast emails and content on our web and social media pages using facts confirmed by officials at Toronto Public Health, Ontario Ministry of Health, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the World Health Organization.

We understand that some people will find continual news about the coronavirus to be stressful. It may help to speak with someone to ease your mind:

Remember: the seasonal flu shot is helpful

The flu shot is available at doctors' offices, pharmacies, walk-in medical clinics and community health centres at no cost to you. Doctors strongly recommend getting immunized, particularly if you’re in contact with vulnerable persons, such as the elderly or very young, or those with compromised immune systems.

Protect yourself by taking precautions to avoid illness this winter. Be well!


January 31, 2020

Anxious about the coronavirus?

Ontario public health officials say that while there are 27 people being tested for the coronavirus, 38 people have already been cleared. There are still only two confirmed cases, a husband and wife, in Ontario.

The good news is, local officials continue to deem the situation as low risk here – despite the fact that the World Health Organization (WHO) has now declared a global health emergency.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams believes the system set up to deal with such outbreaks is working. “Individuals of concern have self-reported… and we haven’t seen anyone come out of the blue show up already quite ill,” he said in a press conference.

Who should be vigilant? Experts advise those who feel the onset of flu-like symptoms and they’ve just returned from China should isolate themselves at home. Early evidence suggests that many infected young people who are otherwise healthy are able to "fend it off pretty quickly," according to Dr. Williams.

Centennial College continues to monitor the situation and promote healthy habits to curtail the spread of the flu – advice that applies equally well to the coronavirus. In addition to increasing the cleaning of touchpoints on campus, i.e., door handles and taps, the College is diligently monitoring the levels in the hand sanitizer dispensers throughout our campuses. As always, you can protect yourself during flu season by following these simple steps:

  1. Get the flu shot
  2. Cover your cough
  3. Wash your hands
  4. Sick? Stay home!

It is not necessary to wear a surgical mask unless you have cough or cold symptoms, in which case you should remain home. According to medical practitioners, surgical masks do not protect you from contracting viruses; they only help keep you from passing germs on to others.

The coronavirus has unfortunately led to the distribution of false news stories and reports. We will keep the College community updated with broadcast emails and content on our web and social media pages using facts confirmed by officials at Toronto Public Health, Ontario Ministry of Health, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the World Health Organization.

We understand that some people will find continual news about the coronavirus to be stressful. Remember, it can help to speak with someone to ease your mind:

Be respectful of others

As news of the coronavirus continues to dominate, it is understandable to feel some anxiety. Nonetheless, we expect everyone in the College community to be treated with dignity and respect. Even unconscious bias can result in comments that are hurtful and exclusionary. We must work together to ensure our campuses remain a safe place to work, teach and study.

Remember: the seasonal flu shot is helpful! It is available at doctors' offices, pharmacies, walk-in medical clinics and community health centres at no cost to you. Doctors strongly recommend getting immunized, particularly if you’re in contact with vulnerable persons, such as the elderly or very young.

Protect yourself by taking precautions to avoid illness this winter. Stay well!


January 30, 2020

Preventing the Flu

As you have heard, a never-before-seen virus detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan has infected hundreds of people with a pneumonia-like illness in China and now in several other countries. Medical researchers have linked the disease to a novel coronavirus, part of the same virus family responsible for the SARS pandemic in 2003.

While there have been no reports of infections in Canada and public health officials have stressed that there is low risk to the general population, we should all practice care and vigilance. Centennial College is taking steps to curtail the transmission of flu-like viruses so that the College community can stay healthy, including:

  • more frequent cleaning of campus “touch points” such as door handles and washrooms;
  • more hand sanitizer dispensers to encourage frequent use;
  • more posters and other communications to remind everyone about the importance of good hand-washing, hand-sanitizing and coughing hygiene habits.

Centennial has activated its Pandemic Planning Committee, which has already met and will continue to monitor the situation and provide timely updates.

Here's what you can do to help curb the spread of the flu virus:

  • cough and sneeze into a tissue or use your sleeve or arm rather than your hands to cover your mouth and nose;
  • wash your hands frequently using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
  • avoid touching your eyes, mouth and face to prevent infection;
  • get the free flu shot as a way to protect yourself from infection;
  • stay home when you feel ill.

The seasonal flu shot is available at doctors' offices, pharmacies and walk-in medical clinics at no cost to you. Doctors strongly recommend getting it, particularly if you’re in contact with vulnerable persons, such as the elderly or very young.

If you feel the onset of flu-like symptoms, you are encouraged to consult your family physician or call Telehealth Ontario anytime at 1-866-797-0000 and you will be connected to a Registered Nurse who can assess your condition and the need for further action. Toronto Public Health also has a consultation line available at 416-338-7600 (weekdays 8:30 am to 4:30 pm). For more information:

Protect yourself by taking precautions to avoid illness this winter. Stay well!