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While public health officials are actively monitoring the risk of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, Cystic Fibrosis Canada has consulted with members of the CF clinical community about its potential impact on people living with cystic fibrosis.
At this time there are no recommendations specific to people with CF other than what is recommended to the general population. We recommend monitoring the Health Canada website and/or local public health authorities in your region.
That said it seems wise to reiterate the basics: good hand hygiene, staying away from people who are sick and thinking twice (or more) about travelling to certain areas.
Some basic information about what is known about COVID-19 may help individuals make informed choices.
According to multiple sources the virus is believed to spread primarily through person-to-person contact via droplets that carry active virus. Airborne spread has not been reported for COVID-19 and is not believed to be a major driver of transmission. Spread may also be through contact with contaminated surfaces. Most sources believe that the virus can survive for hours, (some suggest days), on some surfaces and that infection occurs when a person then touches their eyes, nose or mouth with a contaminated hand. Therefore, avoid touching public surfaces as much as possible and clean and disinfect your hands frequently. Although there is no consensus, many sources believe masks are most effective when worn by patients with respiratory infections to prevent the spread of droplets, as opposed by healthy individuals who are seeking to avoid infection.
A common cold is typically accompanied with a runny nose and mucous while COVID-19 infection is not. COVID-19 first infects the throat area and the throat becomes very dry and painful and is accompanied by dry cough.
If you are concerned about symptoms you are having contact your CF clinic.