COVID-19 Overview and Risks

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause respiratory illness in people, ranging from mild common colds to severe illnesses. Novel coronaviruses are new strains of the virus that have not been previously identified in humans.

At this time, many patients who have contracted COVID-19 have reported only mild symptoms.

COVID-19 is believed to be spread mainly through coughing, sneezing, or direct contact with someone who is sick with COVID-19 or with surfaces they have recently touched.

For more information about COVID-19, check out the websites for Global Affairs Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada, and provincial government's COVID-19 information page


The Public Health Agency of Canada indicates that the overall risk in Newfoundland and Labrador remains low. Memorial University reminds everyone that they should not make assumptions about the risk of others having COVID-19 based on their ethnicity or country of origin.

This public health risk is continually being reassessed as new information becomes available, and this website will be updated should there be any change that would directly impact the operations and well-being of the university community.



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