Quebec launches online test to evaluate your risk of having the coronavirus

Mar 16 2020, 6:48 am

The Quebec government has launched a bilingual website to help evaluate citizen’s risk of having contracted the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The website suggests, in a disclaimer, that the online tool only applies to Quebec residents.

“The information presented here is for informational purposes only,” states the site. “This tool does not replace the judgement of a healthcare professional. If in doubt or for any more information, do not hesitate to contact the Quebec information hotline.”

The survey asks if you have any of the coronavirus symptoms (fever, coughing, difficulty breathing) and if anyone within your immediate circle has contracted the disease.

Amidst other virus-related questions, the survey gives you a “low” to “moderate” to “high” evaluation along with directions citizens should follow if they are deemed at risk.

https://covid19.empego.ca/

The website lists preventative measures locals can take including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based disinfectant if you do not have access to soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth without first washing your hands.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Cough or sneeze into the crook of the arm, not the hands.
  • Immediately discard the tissues used in the trash and wash your hands afterwards.
  • Stay home when you are sick to avoid infecting others.
  • Avoid all non-essential travel, including cruise travel due to increased risk of outbreaks, in order to protect the health of Canadians and travellers regarding COVID-19.

Note: With coronavirus on the rise, Quebec Public Health is reminding individuals who attend events and large gatherings to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. Also, due to unexpected cancellations, please check the event you plan to attend is still taking place.