Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada
St. Francis Xavier University

About Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)


COVID-19 is an illness caused by a coronavirus. Human coronaviruses are common and are typically associated with mild illnesses, similar to the common cold. Symptoms of human coronaviruses may be very mild or more serious, such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to the virus. Coronaviruses are most commonly spread from an infected person through:

respiratory droplets when you cough or sneeze

close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands

touching something with the virus on it, then touching your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands

These viruses are not known to spread through ventilation systems or through water.



The Nova Scotia Government has produced a comprehensive list of tips and best practice actions you can do to reduce the likelihood of catching or spreading the virus. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the entire list, but some key actions include:

Stay at home. Only venture out for essential pusposes. 

Wash your hands on a regular basis. Wash using soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, taking extra care to ensure you clean all areas of your hands. If no soap or water is available, use an  alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Use enough to cover the fronts and backs of both hands and between all fingers.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Use cough and sneeze etiquette. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or into your elbow.

Maintain an appropriate ‘personal space.’ Position yourself at least 6-feet away from other people.

Avoid unnecessary travel. Stay up to date regarding travel advisories by checking the Government of Canada travel advisories.

If you’re feeling sick, stay home. Don’t put yourself or others at further risk.

You can also stay informed. The Government of Nova Scotia and the Government of Canada are excellent resources for information on COVID-19.  

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