WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS?
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. We do not know the exact source of the current outbreak of COVID-19.
Some common signs of infection include: respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
HOW TO STAY SAFE
Getting Expert Advice:
The World Health Organization, the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario and The Public Health Agency of Canada are some of the sources we recommend for more information.
Hanson Canada is following the advice of these experts to ensure our company is practicing the most appropriate response to the ongoing changes.
Hygiene and Cleaning
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Especially after using the washroom and when preparing food.
When coughing or sneezing use a tissue or the bend in your arm. Dispose of the tissue right away.Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
Clean all high-touch surfaces frequently: toys, toilets, phones, electronics, door handles, light switches etc.
Self Isolate if Sick
Experiencing any symptoms? No matter how mild they may be you should STAY HOME.
If you are concerned that you have the COVID-19 virus, self quarantine to ensure there is no further spread.
Use the self assessment test provided by the government of Ontario.
If you are still unsure then call your primary health care provider or your public health authority for advice on further steps.
The spread of COVID-19 can be slowed down by having the nation as a whole practice social distancing. By limiting human contact, we can reduce the transmission rate significantly, which in turn will allow health care facilities to better manage the care of those most in need.
This means do not gather in large groups, do not go out into public spaces unless necessary, and keeping a safe distance between those you are with in person.
As of Wednesday March 18th Canada has closed its borders to non-citizens. Canadians are advised to avoid all non-essential travel at this time. The government has stated that this border closure will not affect trade and commerce.
Before boarding a returning flight to Canada passengers will be screened for symptoms of the virus. If they are found to be presenting any symptoms of COVID-19, the air carrier will be required to refuse to board the passenger.
These passengers will be isolated for a period of 14 days. Once health officials are able to confirm that the individual is non-symptomatic or does not carry the virus, they will be able to return to Canada.
All travellers who have returned to Canada should self-isolate for 14 days after their return. They should also self monitor for symptoms (fever, cough or difficulty breathing) during this time.
For further information about COVID-19 is available through these health authority web links: