Santé Montréal


Updated on February 7, 2020
Published on January 22nd, 2020


  • Mandatory notification to Public Health 
    Traveller’s arriving from Hubei province in China must call Info-Santé 811 if developing any symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing). 
  • Voluntary quarantine
    People who have departed from Hubei province are asked to voluntarily quarantine themselves for 14 days and to monitor their symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing). Consult the Health precautions to be taken.

A novel coronavirus, called 2019-nCoV, has been detected in the city of Wuhan, China. The outbreak is believed to have started from exposure at a live animal and seafood market in the city. The virus causes respiratory infections with symptoms that include fever, cough and difficulty breathing.

At this point, there are no cases in Québec.

For the situation in Canada, see the Government of Canada website, section Current situation

Risk level

Overall, the risk for Canadians remains low.

However, risk is considered high for travelers who are planning to go to China.

Montréal’s public health department invites the general population as well as everyone in schools, daycares and workplaces to follow proper hygiene measures as well as cough and sneeze etiquette at all times to prevent the spread of infections. 

For travellers returning from Hubei province in China

  • Voluntarily quarantine yourself for 14 days following your departure from Hubei province
  • Monitor your symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing)
  • If you develop symptoms of fever, cough, or respiratory problems within 14 days after returning from Hubei province (including the city of Wuhan), please call Info-Santé 811 to get recommendations from a health care professional.

For travellers returning from China (provinces other than Hubei)

If you have symptoms, please call Info-Santé 811


All respiratory infections can spread from person to person, for example, through droplets expelled into the air when an infected person sneezes or coughs, and by contact with hands. If you have symptoms of a respiratory infection (fever and cough), limit your contact with other people to avoid infecting them. If you can’t avoid other people, take the following precautions:

Hygiene and sneeze etiquette to be practiced

  • When you sneeze or cough, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue. Throw the tissue away and wash your hands thoroughly.
  • If you don't have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your elbow or upper arm.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Masks Not Recommended

If you are not sick, wearing a mask to protect yourself is not recommended. The best ways to protect yourself from respiratory infections are to wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face with your hands.


The risk is considered high for travelers who are planning to go to China. If you plan to travel, check the Government of Canada’s Travel Advice and Advisories for China.

Questions or concerns about your health?

The nurses at Info-Santé are available 24 hours a day, every day of the year, to advise you about health problems based on specific clinical protocols. They can also tell you which medical services to consult and when, if necessary. Call 8-1-1.

Questions about the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)?

Contact the Government of Canada:

Toll-free: 1-833-784-4397


See also

Public, News, Professionnel, Actualités, MSSS

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Last Update : 26 February 2020