Learn more about coronavirus (COVID-19)

What is coronavirus ?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.

More information on the website of World Health Organization (WHO) : Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19)

Hygiene rules

Here’s a reminder of what you can do to protect yourself.

You are encouraged to follow basic hygiene rules and strengthen them with your children, including:Wash your hands frequently;

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
  • If you don’t have a handkerchief, cough or sneeze at the top of your sleeve or in your elbow;
  • Wash hands after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose;
  • Wash your child’s and children’s hands after wiping their nose.

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Glossary on the COVID-19 pandemic

The Translation Bureau’s Terminology Standardization Division has just developed a standardized bilingual glossary to explain the basic concepts related to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and to promote clarity in communications related to COVID-19. The terminologists will be updating the Glossary as the terminology evolves.