Notice to all CIQS members

STAYING SAFE DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), the COVID-19 risk for Canadians is still considered low with an increased risk of severe outcomes for Canadians:

  • 65 and over
  • With compromised immune systems
  • With underlying medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart conditions.

PHAC are continually monitoring the situation across the country and updating their information as new statistics become available. Click here for their latest information.

As this is a very fluid situation and information and recommendations about COVID-19 are updated regularly, you can keep yourself informed via the links below:

HOW COVID-19 SPREADS

Human coronaviruses cause infections in the nose, throat and lungs. Infection is typically spread through respiratory droplets from coughing or sneezing; prolonged personal contact (touching or shaking hands) with someone who is infected; and touching a surface that has the virus on it and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before you wash your hands.

STAY SAFE ON THE JOB

To ensure that you and your employees/co-workers stay safe while at work, is recommended that you do what you can to mitigate your risk.

  • Maintain at least one to two metres distance between each other or work remotely if your able to do so
  • Wash your hands thoroughly (at minimum 20 seconds – sing Happy Birthday – with soap and water) and frequently
  • Do not shake hands
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow or tissue, never into your hand
  • Postpone unnecessary travel, especially internationally and/or to COVID-19 hot spots
  • Do not attend conferences, workshops or large gatherings whenever possible

DO YOUR PART TO HELP FLATTEN THE CURVE OF COVID-19

If you have any cold or flu-like symptoms, self-quarantine until you and those around you are all clear. Self-monitor your symptoms by taking your temperature twice a day (morning and night). Do not eat, drink, smoke or chew gum 30 minutes before taking your temperature. Likewise, do not take acetaminophen or ibuprofen during the 14-day self-monitoring period unless your health care provided has advised your otherwise as these medications are designed to lower your temperature and you would thus not get an accurate reading.

Do NOT go to the ER with basic cold/flu symptoms. If you are unsure about your symptoms, call your local telephone medical service.

Click on the link below for information about the telehealth service in your province:

DO go to the nearest emergency room if you are in immediate danger of death such as a spike in temperature or trouble breathing.

MOST COMMON SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19

  • Fever higher than 38.0°C (100.4°F)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Statistics: Canadian confirmed COVID-19 cases between January 15 and March 13, 2020

  • 51% of cases are female
  • 31% of cases are 60 years old and over
  • 13% of cases have been hospitalized
  • 1 person has died of COVID-19
  • 74% of cases are travellers and 6% are close contacts of travellers

Sincerely,

Sheila Lennon, CAE
Executive Director, CIQS