The novel coronavirus infection has been in the news. This is not currently a crisis in Canada and Canadians are considered to be at low risk, although the situation could change.

McMaster University, the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) and its hospital and healthcare partners are aware of the situation, and are staying current on its developments. McMaster is following the guidance of the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Public Health Services of Hamilton.

McMaster’s official voice on the coronavirus situation is on its Daily News website which is kept updated: https://dailynews.mcmaster.ca/articles/coronavirus-update/.

FHS faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to follow the public health directions regarding frequent hand washing and proper cough and sneezing etiquette. Those working within a hospital or healthcare setting or directly with patients have been told to follow the directions and procedures of that hospital or healthcare setting.

More specific information was sent to FHS faculty, staff and students by email yesterday.

“We’re keeping on top of the situation, and will address any issues as they appear,” said Paul O’Byrne, dean and vice-president of the Faculty of Health Sciences. “I appreciate everyone’s timely response both in preparation and to the circumstances that may develop.”