COVID-19 Coronavirus Update

News Alert: COVID-19 (Formerly known as Novel Coronavirus)


2,590 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Canada, with 588 cases in Ontario (including 8 resolved, 7 deaths). Currently, there are 70 York Region residents who have tested positive for COVID-19.


Update 5 from COVID-19 Crisis Task Force


As-Salāmu ‘Alaykum

To our Community members and attendees,

On the auspicious birth anniversary of Imām Husayn (a), Hazrat Abbas (a) and Imām Zaynul Abidin (a), we would like to wish you all Wilādat Mubārak.

The COVID-19 Crisis Task Force has been receiving many questions regarding coronavirus, and verification of news that is floating around on social media. In doing our part during this uncertain time, please let us ensure that what we share is verified and from credible sources, so that we avoid contributing to unnecessary panic and anxiety.

Below are a few more questions we have received.

Frequently Asked Questions
1. How long does the virus survive on a surface?
The survival of the virus on surfaces varies depending on the porousness of the surface, its temperature and humidity, with an average survival rate of up to 4 hours. Many times it is much shorter. In perfect laboratory situations, the virus can last up to, or more than, a day, depending on the material. Remember to prioritize personal hygiene with WHASUP – Wash Hands, Always Sanitize, and Use Precaution.

2. How long does the virus survive in the air? 
The virus is only in the air for a fraction of a second while the respiratory droplet falls to the ground. In hospitals where they do AGMPs (aerosol generating medical procedures) it can be in the air longer but that does not apply to the general population.

4. Is there a list of useful resources available?
Yes, click here to visit our resources page where we have various resources such as Jaffari Support Services, Telemedicine, and the Government Economic Response Plan.

3. How can I limit stress while social distancing and staying indoors?
A. Reach out to friends & family. Try video calls and have a virtual catch up over a nice hot cup of tea.
B. Separate Spaces. Keep a separate place at home for work, for relaxation and worship, and for sleeping. This will help you be more productive.
C. Get a little bit of fresh air! Go for a walk in your garden or step out onto your balcony. If this isn’t possible, open your windows and soak in the daylight. Take a deep breath and thank God for His blessings.
D. Exercise. Try some simple exercises at home like skipping, sit-ups, or jogging on the spot. Keep active.
E. Maintain a routine. Waking up at the same time daily will allow you to feel refreshed. Get ready as you normally would, and clock off from work in good time.
F. Maintain a healthy diet and stay hydrated.
G. Be God Conscious. Designate a space in your home for thinking and reflection. Spend time reciting Qur’an and doing the Dhikr of Allah (swt).
H. Set aside some ‘hobby time’. Set aside time in the day to do something you enjoy. We all have things we wish we had more time to do. Now that we are home, let’s cross those items from our ‘I wish I had time’ list.

Lastly, try writing your thoughts/reflections down. This is a time we will all look back on. In years to come, we will remember this as ‘the time when we were urged to stay home’. It might go down in history as the 2020 Pandemic – well – make sure you’ve got stories to tell!

We ask that you keep our community and all of humanity at the forefront of your prayers and seek to the Almighty that we are relieved of this difficult situation soon.

With Salāms & Du’ās

ISIJ Secretariat Office
Islamic Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamaat of Toronto
905.695.9786 |


Earlier this week, we shared a communique on Mental well-being and what we can do whilst we are at home. Check it out and email us if you’re doing something different. We can share it with the community!

Remember to prioritize personal hygiene with WHASUP! – Wash Hands, Always Sanitize, and Use Precaution.

There are many non-essential services that have been mandated to close for 14 days. For a list of essential and non-essential services, click here.

We ask that you keep our community and all of humanity at the forefront of your prayers and seek to the Almighty that we are relieved of this difficult situation soon.

With Salāms & Du’ās

ISIJ Secretariat Office
Islamic Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamaat of Toronto
905.695.9786 |

Frequently Asked Questions

The chances of you getting this infection if you have not been to Wuhan, China and not been exposed to a sick person who has been to this area is very, very low.

The virus is spread by contact and respiratory droplets so you should wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol based hand cleaner during the day. You should also cover your mouth with your sleeve or a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Travel to China or Hong Kong is not advised given this current situation.

Similar to other viral illnesses, symptoms of this coronavirus include fever, cough, shortness of breath, gastrointestinal symptoms and possible red eyes (i.e., conjunctivitis). If you have these symptoms you should stay home, drink fluids, and take medicine to control symptoms. If you have been to China in the last 14 days or have been exposed to someone who has travelled there and is now sick, you should notify your doctor.

There are no antibiotics, anti virals, or vaccinations for this virus. The treatment is supportive which means you treat the symptoms as mentioned.

Anytime groups of people get together, there is an increased risk of passing viral and other illnesses from person to person. However, if the people in the gathering have not been to China in the last 14 days and have no symptoms there is very little risk to you. Of course, if you are having fever and cough, you should not attend majalis in person until your symptoms have resolved.

If you are not sick you do not need to wear a mask. In fact, a simple surgical mask will not protect you from respiratory droplets. (A special type of mask called an N-95 which is specially fitted is needed which is not practical). In addition, wearing a mask may induce anxiety among those around you. Those who are experiencing flu like symptoms should wear a mask and see your doctor. They should not attend events at the centre.

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