Information on new coronavirus

RRU Staff

Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer Cheryl Eason and Vice-President Academic and Provost Steve Grundy send the following:

There has been an outbreak of a novel coronavirus, beginning in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Information about this new coronavirus, including the severity of symptoms it causes and how it spreads, is evolving rapidly.

There is one reported cases of the novel coronavirus in British Columbia at this time. The risk to British Columbians and people in Canada is considered low.

Royal Roads University is closely following information from the BC Centre for Disease Control to ensure we have the most up-to-date information on prevention and response to this new virus.

The coronavirus and other respiratory illnesses, like the flu, spread when someone with the illness coughs or sneezes. Other people can then catch the illness by inhaling infected droplets or touching a surface contaminated by them (such as a desk, doorknob or keyboard) and then touching their eyes, nose, or mouth.

BCCDC and HealthLink BC recommend some precautions you can take to avoid catching respiratory illnesses. Frequent hand washing is at the top of the list.

You can find more information on the novel coronavirus in Canada at

For travellers

If you have been travelling and you become ill or become ill after you return home, tell your health care provider about recent travel and your symptoms.

Seek immediate medical care if you have been in Wuhan or other confirmed outbreak areas and develop fever with a cough or difficulty breathing.

Before you travel abroad, sign up for International SOS, which offers medical, safety and security assistance to students, faculty and staff when travelling internationally on Royal Roads business. iSOS is available 24/7/365 to provide travel-related assistance, including pre-trip consults, advice, and support in case of emergency.

Download the app for updates about essential information and important travel advisories.