About COVID-19

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What is covid-19?

COVID-19 is a new type of coronavirus that is infecting people around the world. Coronaviruses are very common, and typically cause coughs and colds. This form of coronavirus emerged in late 2019.

Learn more here.

Symptoms and Outcomes 

Symptoms of COVID-19 include cold or flu-like symptoms (fever, cough). The severity of these symptoms can vary, but most people infected with COVID-19 experience mild symptoms. 

COVID-19 Globally and in Canada 

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) assessed COVID-19 as a pandemic. This means it is infecting people around the world in a way that is difficult to control.
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  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 140 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.