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Coronavirus outbreak: How quarantines work in Canada

Source: Leslie Young, Global News, January 29, 2020 

When news of Canada’s first presumptive case of novel coronavirus emerged on Jan. 25, officials said that the man was placed in isolation in Toronto’s Sunnybrook Hospital.

He was in a “negative pressure room,” said a hospital official, and health care workers were using personal protective equipment as they cared for him.

Here’s what that means, and how quarantine and isolation work in Canada.

According to Dr. Michael Curry, an emergency physician in Delta, B.C. and a clinical professor at the University of British Columbia, “quarantine” usually technically refers to a legal order put in place by a medical officer or even a provincial minister.

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