Health and Prevention | Coronavirus (Covid-19) Updates | UNB

Health and prevention

If you or a member of your family are showing any symptoms of COVID-19, register to get tested. You may also contact Tele-Care 811 or your primary health-care provider for further direction. If you are unsure if you should be tested, take the COVID self-assessment.

  • Those who are infected with COVID-19 may have little to no symptoms.
  • You may not know you have symptoms of COVID-19 because they are similar to a cold or flu.
  • Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19.

COVID-19 self-assessment tool

The Government of New Brunswick has launched an online tool to help individuals determine whether they should be tested for COVID-19. Using this tool will help New Brunswickers determine when they should call 811.

Launch self-assessment

Get tested

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, you can register to get tested or you can call Tele-Care 811 to make an appointment. If you have an out-of-province phone provider, call 1-877-795-3773.

Request a COVID-19 test

COVID Alert app

COVID Alert is a secure, reliable and user-friendly app that is an additional tool to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Along with physical distancing, wearing a mask and other important steps, knowing what to do if you have been exposed to COVID-19 is another way to protect yourself.

The more people who use it, the more effective it will be in helping to protect each other and our communities. The app is available for free download through the Apple or Google Play app stores.

For more information on the COVID Alert app:

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

What is novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. They can cause diseases ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV). Some transmit easily from person to person while others do not. COVID-19 is a new disease that has not been previously identified in humans.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Those with COVID-19 may have little to no symptoms. You may not know you have symptoms of COVID-19 because they are similar to a cold or flu.

Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19. If you or a member of your family are showing two of the following symptoms, contact Tele-Care 811 or your primary health-care provider for further direction:

  • fever above 38°C or signs of fever (such as chills);
  • a new cough or worsening chronic cough;
  • sore throat;
  • runny nose;
  • headache;
  • a new onset of fatigue;
  • a new onset of muscle pain;
  • diarrhea;
  • loss of sense of taste or loss of sense of smell; and
  • in children, purple markings on the fingers or toes. In this instance, testing will be done even if none of the other symptoms are present.

What are the risks of getting COVID-19?

Public health risk is continually reassessed as new information becomes available. Please refer to the Public Health Agency of Canada for the most up-to-date risk assessment.

How does COVID-19 spread?

Human coronaviruses cause infections of the nose, throat and lungs. They are most commonly spread from an infected person through:

  • respiratory droplets that are spread when you cough or sneeze
  • close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • touching something with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands

How can I protect myself from getting COVID-19?

The best defence against any type of communicable disease is following routine prevention measures to stay healthy and prevent the spread of infections by:

  • washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
  • avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands;
  • avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
  • coughing or sneezing into your sleeve and not your hands; and
  • practicing 2-metre physical distancing;
  • wearing a face mask; and,
  • staying home if you are sick to avoid spreading illness to others.

Should I wear a mask if I am healthy?

Non-medical face masks are required in the presence of others, in common areas and shared spaces in UNB buildings. Everyone must maintain a 2-metre physical distance and properly wear a face mask in all indoor public spaces in UNB buildings. This includes hallways, elevators, lobbies, classrooms, washrooms and other common use areas.

It is important to know how to safely use a community face mask and how to wear a community face mask properly. Wash your hands before applying the mask and again immediately after removing the mask. A mask should fit closely on the face, and should never be shared with other people. Avoid touching a face mask while wearing it. A cloth mask should go directly into the washing machine after removing it. Masks can be laundered with other items using hot soapy water.

Wearing a non-medical mask or face covering alone will not prevent the spread of COVID-19. You can stay healthy and prevent the spread of infections by:

  • washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • coughing or sneezing into your sleeve and not your hands
  • staying home if you are sick to avoid spreading illness to others
  • always maintain 2-metre distance

Is there a risk of contracting COVID-19 if I touch a surface that was potentially contaminated?

In general, coronaviruses have poor survivability on surfaces, and are generally thought to be spread by respiratory droplets left behind after someone coughs or sneezes.

For COVID-19, researchers are actively investigating to learn more about the ways that COVID-19 is transmitted.

The best way to prevent respiratory and other illnesses is to:

  • avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth
  • consistently use good hand hygiene measures, which include frequent handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
  • maintain good respiratory etiquette, such as covering your mouth and nose with your arm or sleeve when coughing and sneezing, disposing of any used tissues as soon as possible, and following with handwashing or use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers where soap and water are not available
  • regularly clean and disinfect surfaces that people touch frequently such as toilets, bedside tables, doorknobs, phones and television remotes with regular household cleaners or diluted bleach (1 part bleach to 9 parts water).

What action is UNB taking to address COVID-19?

Our top priority is the safety and well-being of the UNB community. With the outbreak of COVID-19 evolving rapidly, UNB has formed a COVID-19 Response Team to prepare for all scenarios. The COVID-19 Response Team includes bi-campus representation and representation from groups that share our campuses. The group meets regularly to ensure an integrated and comprehensive response to the impact of COVID-19 on the UNB community.

The UNB COVID-19 Response Team will coordinate efforts with New Brunswick Public Health and will act on the direction and advice of our public health officials when potential risks occur to ensure we are protecting the health and safety of the UNB community.

Does UNB have a pandemic response plan?

Yes, UNB has Health Emergency Response Plan in place. The COVID-19 Response Team is currently reviewing and amending our active policies and procedures to reflect the potential requirements needed should the COVID-19 threat level escalates.

My question is not listed here. Where can I find additional information on COVID-19?

Please refer to the Public Health Agency of Canada for a complete list of COVID-19 frequently asked questions.

For the latest and most up-to-date information, see the Public Health Agency of Canada. You can also follow Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, on Twitter at @CPHO_Canada.

Canadians travelling abroad are encouraged to consult the travel health notices on travel.gc.ca.

We encourage you to obtain COVID-19 information from trusted sources such as the UNB Coronavirus website or public health authorities:

Where do I find questions and answers specific to UNB?

UNB is continuing to draft responses to university-specific questions. Please direct any questions or concerns to talktous@unb.ca.

I am a future student, how will COVID-19 impact my enrolment?

The University of New Brunswick recognizes that we are all navigating uncertain times during the COVID-19 global pandemic. As a prospective student, we are sure you have some questions. We understand the current situation is causing stress, disruption and uncertainty regarding the next steps, so we wanted to provide you with all the possible support. We are here to answer your questions!

COVID-19 admissions FAQ

 

 

I am experiencing anxiety or have other concerns related to COVID-19. What should I do?

We understand that evolving situation surrounding COVID-19 can create anxiety or concern. We encourage you to direct any COVID-19 related questions or concerns to support and resources available at UNB. Contact us at talktous@unb.ca and we will work with others across UNB to help find the answers and ease your concerns.

The New Brunswick Public Health provides advice for coping with the stress during COVID-19:

  • Connect with others while maintaining safe social distancing. Share your concerns and how you are feeling with a friend or family member. Check-in regularly with loved ones, especially those affected by the virus.
  • Take breaks. Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate. Make time to unwind and remind yourself that strong feelings will fade. Maintain a sense of hope and think positively.
  • Get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well.

I live in residence and think I may have flu-like symptoms, what should I do?

Stay in your room as much as possible and notify the residence staff. Please use the self-assessment tool. If you have symptoms, call 811 and follow their directions. If you are having difficulty breathing or experiencing other severe symptoms, call 911 immediately. Advise them of your symptoms and travel history.

All travellers returning to Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. Notify residence staff prior or immediately upon your return for further directions and support.

How will I know if there are changes to university operations?

We will provide the latest information on COVID-19 developments at unb.ca/coronavirus. We will reassess and evaluate the situation continuously and issue regular communication updates as they become available.

Changes to university operations will be communicated in several ways, including email and UNB’s social media accounts. As the situation is changing rapidly, we ask that you check your UNB email regularly and enable pop-up notifications on your mobile device. Please keep a close eye on your UNB email for updates.