Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an infectious disease. Those who have the virus can experience symptoms including a dry cough and fever. Others experience no symptoms at all. The virus mostly spreads through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose. It’s important that we work together as a community to make sure we all stay safe.
What can you do right now to help prevent the spread of COVID-19?
1) Social distancing
Only going outside to get food or to exercise is a fast way of flattening the curve of COVID-19. The sooner we can get the spread of the virus down, the sooner things will return to normal for our community.
When you’re outside, stay 2 meters (6ft) away from others. This distance means you won’t be close enough to catch the virus from person-to-person contact.
Social distancing isn’t possible for every worker. We can help workers in health care by following these steps. If you have to go outside, then wearing a mask will help to keep you safe.
2) Wash Your Hands
Washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds is an incredibly effective way to kill bacteria. It kills bacteria on your hands and stops the spread of the virus. You can even sing 20 seconds of a song to time it.
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3) What about sneezing?
The coronavirus is spread through mucus particles. If you have to sneeze or cough then cover your mouth and nose.
Use a tissue, then put it in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, then sneeze or cough into the crook of your elbow. This will help to cover up the particles and stop the spread.
4) Eyes, Nose, and Mouth
Coronavirus can stay on surfaces for up to 72 hours.
Surfaces that are used by many people like elevator buttons and light switches are likely to be contaminated.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth after using them. Wearing a mask can help to keep a barrier between your hands and these important areas.
- Stay Clean
If you’re concerned that some of your surfaces could be contaminated, then you should clean the surfaces with disinfectant.
Commonly used items like your phone and TV remote should also be cleaned, especially if someone in your household is experiencing symptoms.
6) Seek Medical Guidance
If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus, then you can use the online COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool. The tool was made by the Canadian government and it will only take a few minutes to complete. It is available in English or French.
An effective way to prevent the virus is to wear a mask. The World Health Organisation recommends that we wear masks if we’re looking after someone with symptoms or if we have symptoms such as coughing or sneezing.
If you don’t have symptoms now, getting a mask ensures that you’ll have one when you need it.
As COVID-19 is spread commonly through coughs and sneezes, our masks prevent those particles from reaching you.
We all want to make sure our health care workers get masks too. That’s why we’re donating 500 masks to hospitals around the country for every 200 masks we sell!
If we work together, we can effectively tackle the coronavirus.
For more guidance and information on how to stay safe and use our masks, email us firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re here to help the community!