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COVID-19 Health and Safety


There are known facts about the Coronavirus that can help prepare and keep us safe through awareness and safe approaches. The Coronvirus is highly contagious and there are people who are at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

Know the facts about coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
  • Who is at high risk?
  • How coronavirus spreads
  • Difference between quarantine (self-isolate) and isolate
  • Preventing coronavirus
  • Risks of getting coronavirus
  • False and misleading claims

+ Who is at high risk?

  • People with medical conditions including:
    • Heart disease
    • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
    • Lung disease
    • Diabetes
    • Cancer
  • People with weakened immune systems from a medical condition or treatment, such as chemotherapy
  • Older adults

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+ How COVID-19 spreads

COVID-19 are mostly spread from an infected person to another through:

  • respiratory droplets generated when you cough or sneeze
  • close, prolonged personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • touching something with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands

The coronavirus infects the respiratory system especially the nose, throat and lungs.

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+ Preventing coronavirus

Canadians should stay healthy and practice Social Distancing to help flatten the curve. To prevent the spread we need to self-assess before deciding to go back to work to prevent any further spread of the Coronavirus.

Stay at home as much as possible and be prepared in case you are your family member starts to show signs of symptoms. Social distancing is very important as you can prevent yourself or others from becoming infected.

The effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within our communities we are asked to:

  • stay at home unless you have to go to work
    • talk to your employer about working at home if possible
  • avoid all non-essential trips in your community
  • do not gather in groups
  • limit contact with people at higher risk, such as older adults and those in poor health
  • go outside to exercise but stay close to home
  • if you leave your home, always keep a distance of at least 2 arms lengths (approximately 2 metres) from others
    • household contacts (people you live with) do not need to distance from each other unless they are sick or have travelled in the last 14 days

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+ Risks of getting coronavirus

The Coronvirus is always evolving on a daily basis and poses a serious health threat. The impact on our health care system is significant. The effort through social distancing and staying home among other suggestions given by the Canadian Government will help flatten the curve and relieve the resources available to our health care system.

The risk for COVID-19 may be increased for certain settings such as:

  • cruise ships
  • crowded areas (such as public transit and shopping centres)
  • gatherings (spiritual and cultural settings, theatres, sports arenas, festivals and conferences)

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+ False and misleading claims

There has been no approved product that will prevent, treat or cure COVID-19. If you are aware that such false claims on products are being sold you can report it immediately.

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Source: Government of Canada.Know the facts about coronavirus disease (COVID-19), 2020, Accessed 14 Apr. 2020
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