Coronavirus symptoms now being checked on travellers arriving in Canada from China
Coronavirus symptoms include headaches, coughs, runny noses and sore throats and now the federal government is looking out for travellers potentially affected by the virus by increasing screening measures at three Canadian airports.
Passengers flying from Wuhan, China to Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal are already being asked a health screening question at electrionic kiosks, but today, Public Health Canada confirmed that there will be additional signage introduced at the airports.
The signage will be introduced in the coming days in English, French, and Mandarin.
Cda Chief Medical officer says the Public Health Agency says out of precation there will be signage at Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver airports to report to CBSA officers if experiencing flu like symptoms. #cdnpoli— Hannah Thibedeau (@HannahThibedeau) January 20, 2020
All travellers entering Canada will also be asked whether they have travelled to an affected area in the last 14 days.
Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam confirmed that Public Health Canada is not considering using thermal scanners in airports like they did during the SARS outbreak in 2004.
The coronavirus has killed at least three people and sickened over 200 in China. Cases have since been reported in Japan, South Korea and Thailand.
Three people in Canada have been investigated for potential coronavirus, but all three cases were ruled out.
As the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday approaches, it is likely that Canada will see an increase in travellers. Nevertheless, Public Health Canada says that the coronavirus threat to Canada is "low".
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