CORVID-19 UPDATE

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About

COVID-19 is an illness caused by a coronavirus. Human coronaviruses are common and are typically associated with mild illnesses, similar to the common cold.

Spread

Through respiratory droplets when you cough or sneeze. Through close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands. Touching something with the virus on it, then touching your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands. These viruses are not known to spread through ventilation systems or through water. Note: The Government of Canada has implemented an Emergency Order under the Quarantine Act. This order means that everyone who is entering Canada by air, sea or land has to stay home for 14 days in order to limit the spread of COVID-19. The 14-day period begins on the day you enter Canada.

Symptoms

Human coronaviruses can take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to the virus. It can be very mild or more serious. It varies from person to .

Prevention

Wash your hands often with soap and water; avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, especially with unwashed hands; avoid close contact with people who are sick; cough and sneeze into your sleeve and not your hands; practice physical distancing at all times; stay home if you are sick to avoid spreading illness to others; and wear a non-medical mask or face covering, made with at least two layers of tightly woven fabric, constructed to completely cover the nose and mouth without gaping, and secured to the head by ties or ear loops, to protect the people and surfaces around you.

leadership Quotes

“This pandemic is truly a global challenge. And not just because every country in every corner of the world has been affected: because there is no part of society, no industry, no aspect of daily life that has not changed.”
PM Justin Trudeau
“This is a health crisis and an economic crisis. It is a crisis of inequality and a crisis of trade.”
PM Justin Trudeau
“These are not small challenges. And this is not the moment for half measures. Around the world, there is a global growing consensus that we must think boldly. This is our chance to build back societies that are fairer and economics that are more resilient.”
PM Justin Trudeau
“As we are called to meet the challenges and the opportunities of this pandemic, we have a chance to build something new. So, let's build it together.”
PM Justin Trudeau

HEALTH CARE

SAFETY ADVISORY

Using soap and warm water, wash your hands frequently and thoroughly for at least 20 seconds. Don’t forget to wash your palms, back of hand, between fingers, under nails and thumbs.

Stay at home as much as possible to reduce exposure to other people. If you have recently returned to Canada from travel, you must self-isolate regardless of if you have the symptoms or not.

Practice at least one of the following safe distance measures: Social distancing, Quarantine, or Isolation. These measures will assist in  slowing down the spread of coronavirus.

Wear face masks in public areas. Ensure your hands are cleaned with an alcohol-based sanitizer or soap and water before wearing the mask and while using it.

Avoid touching your face including your eyes, nose and mouth to prevent respiratory infections from entering the body. Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing. Used tissue should be disposed safely as well.

As an employer, develop and implement a COVID-19 safety plan that outlines the policies, guidelines and procedures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. An employee should exercise their right to refuse unsafe work environment or given the option to work from home.

Have access to accurate reliable and up-to-date information on COVID-19 illness. This will keep you informed and better prepared to handle the virus, reduce stress levels, anxiety and depression.

Practice physical distancing by staying 2 meters away from others in public.  Avoid shaking hands. Seek medical attention if you experience symptoms like fever, cough and difficulty in breathing.

Widespread vaccination for the coronavirus means that the virus will not infect as many people. This will limit spread through communities. Both Pfizer and Moderna report that their vaccines show approximately 95% efficacy at preventing both mild and severe symptoms of COVID-19.

You can still transmit COVID-19 to others even if you are vaccinated. Some reports show people over 80 years may fall sick or die if they take the vaccine. The vaccine has shown less side effects for most people but many are still skeptic because they feel the vaccine was rushed.

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