Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in self-isolation due to coronavirus concerns
Prime minister’s wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau being tested for COVID-19
Some Canadians are thanking Justin Trudeau for leading by example.
The prime minister announced on Thursday that he was self-isolating — working from home and separating himself from other people — after his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, returned from a WE Day event in England with mild flu-like symptoms.
As a precaution during the coronavirus outbreak, health officials are asking people to self-isolate if they have recently returned from a high-risk country such as China, Italy, South Korea or Iran.
England is not currently on that list, but Trudeau said he and his wife are following their doctor’s advice to stay at home.
Their three kids also stayed home from school.
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau has been tested for COVID-19, which is the official name of the disease caused by the coronavirus, and she is waiting for the results.
The Prime Minister’s Office said she’s already feeling better and the prime minister is not showing any symptoms.
Whether or not they agree with his politics, some Canadians took to social media to thank Justin Trudeau for staying at home.
On Twitter, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh also announced he’s staying home because he isn’t feeling well.
He said his doctor doesn’t think he has COVID-19, but he’s playing it safe.
According to the government of Canada, self-isolation is only necessary if you’ve been diagnosed with COVID-19 or been in close contact with somebody who has.
What is self-isolation?
Still, staying home if you’re sick is smart, said Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, and might help slow down the spread of the coronavirus.
Some of these measures might seem a bit “extreme,” Tam said, but taking action now will help in the long run.
Whether you’re the prime minister or just a kid, here are some tips for protecting yourself and others:
- Stay home if you’re sick.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes.
- Wash your hands often and for at least 20 seconds.
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
With files from Kathleen Harris/CBC News