18 Mar Panicking? Let’s Not
March 18, 2020
These days, the daily clobbering by Covid 19 media messages is par for the course. We’ve all heard about the importance of staying indoors and washing your hands. After combing through the Health Canada website, I came across a few suggestions that I personally was not aware of. I’ve condensed them down into concise and easily scannable prose for your intense reading pleasure.
Please note that health authorities are still learning about the virus and information is subject to change.
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The virus is spread mainly through proximity to other humans so people persons will need to temporarily put their social urges on hold. Staying at home and minimizing contact is the best form of prevention. Let’s love each other from a distance (for now).
Masks: to Wear or Not to Wear?
The first thing to know is that Health Canada does not recommend masks for those who are symptom-free because, according to their website, they create a false sense of security.
Wearing a mask for too long can do more harm than good as germs can accumulate on the mask’s outer surface so that when you touch the mask you increase the likelihood of infecting yourself or others. If you do wear one, Change it often, and never use the same mask twice.
Masks are best used to prevent infected individuals from spreading germs to other people. They can be good catch-alls for moisture emitted from your mouth and nose when you cough, sneeze, or talk, though they aren’t bulletproof.
Their effectiveness on defense is fairly controversial. Some sources say that masks may reduce the risk of infection. Health Canada doesn’t endorse this perspective. Either way, there is no question that moisture from coughs and sneezes has a way of getting into the gaps around the edges.
Also, if you do wear one, be sure to dispose of it safely (preferably tied up in a plastic bag), wash your hands immediately after removal and don’t touch your face!
Cough and Sneeze Like a Pro
This means into your shirt sleeve, not into your hands. If you find yourself coughing excessively, stay home and contact your local healthcare provider.
Handwashing? Well yes, but how?
Wash your hands often. Scrub for a minimum of 20 seconds. Be sure to get into your fingernails, between your fingers, and for good measure, an inch or so above your wrists.
According to the government, there is no evidence so far to suggest that food is a likely source of transmission. I’m going to assume that this refers to the food you buy in a grocery store, not that prepared in a restaurant kitchen. Registered Homeopath and WellnessWrx CEO, Rose Weinberg recommends stocking up on your greens, even frozen ones to keep your body alkaline and well-nourished.
There is no reason to think that delivered packages hold any risk of contamination as the virus cannot survive on surfaces for long periods of time, so Says Health Canada (we’re talking days or weeks, not hours. so steer clear of railings, use a tissue or glove on elevator buttons etc.). However, there is no guarantee that the person delivering your package is virus-free. Personally, I’m airing on the side of caution wherever I can, so inbound deliveries will be on pause for the next while.
Clean objects that are frequently handled such as phones, laptops, door handles, remote controls, light switches, laptops etc. with bleached water or other household disinfectants.
For more information on the Canadian government’s handling of the virus, including developments on safety and prevention, visit https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html.