The risk to school children is low.
That’s what Fraser Health is assuring in a letter issued by the school district to parents this week regarding the Wuhan coronavirus.
The letter, dated Jan. 24 and issued by the school district Monday, Jan. 27, noted there were no confirmed cases in Canada, but since the letter was written at least two cases have been confirmed in this country.
“The school district has been advised that the risk to the general public, including school-age children, is very low. Medical Health Officers continue to monitor the situation closely, and will provide further advice and information as it becomes available,” the letter states.
“At this time, reports indicate that, similar to influenza, this virus is spread when a sick person coughs or sneezes. Many of the reported cases are only showing mild symptoms and are well enough to stay home. As with influenza, elderly people and those with underlying health conditions are more likely to develop severe disease and require hospitalization. In the meantime, we would remind everyone to follow proper hygiene etiquette during the cold and flu season. This includes proper hand-washing with soap and water, covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and staying home when you are sick.”
The outbreak of the virus that began in Wuhan, China has killed about 80 people. There’s roughly 2,800 cases confirmed so far.