WHAT IS COVID-19?

Covid-19 is a NEWLY discovered coronavirus that is highly infectious and thought to have originated at a market in Wuhan China. Coronavirus is a family of viruses that range from the common cold to the other more serious infectious diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute  Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). SARS is known to be more serious but not as infectious as COVID-19.  At this time, there is no known cure for COVID-19 and a vaccine is not yet created. A vaccine for COVID-19 may take up to 1 to 1.5 years before it is available and there is no way that this process can be fast tracked.  Covid-19 was declared to be a Pandemic on March 11, 2020.

SOURCE: World Health Organization; April 27,2020.

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HOW IS COVID-19 SPREAD?

People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus.  The disease can spread from person to person through droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or sneezes.  These droplets land on surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID19 who coughs or sneezes. This is why it is important to stay more than 2 meters (6 feet) away from a person who is sick. Social distancing.


Reference: World Health Organization (February 23, 2020).Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19).Retrieved from  https://www.who.int/news-room/q-adetail/q-a-coronaviruses



WHO IS MOST AT RISK OF GETTING SICK?

We are still learning about how COVID-19 affects people, however, some groups appear to develop serious illness more often than others: Older persons, People with pre-existing medical conditions: High blood pressure, Heart disease, Lung disease , Cancer, and Diabetes.

Any age group is at risk.


SHOULD I BE WORRIED?

It is quite normal for people to worry about how the COVID-19 outbreak will affect them and their loved ones. Illness due to COVID-19 infection is generally mild, especially for children and young adults. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing treatment.  However, it can cause serious illness: about 1 in every 5 people who catch it need hospital care.  Individuals over 60 years of age and those with pre-existing health conditions are most at risk of severe symptoms from COVID-19.

We can channel our concerns into actions to protect ourselves and those around us.

  • First and foremost regular and good hand-washing (20 seconds)
  • Good Respiratory hygiene and stay at home if not feeling well (social isolate)
  • Keep informed
  • Follow advice of local health authorities including restrictions put on travel, movement and gatherings.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUSdLBaA8fc&feature=youtu.be 


Reference: World Health Organization (February 23, 2020). Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19).

Retrieved from https://www.who.int/news-room/q-adetail/q-a-coronaviruses


HOW CAN WE DO OUR PART TO HELP PREVENT SPREAD OF COVID-19?

No gatherings with more than 15 attendees. This includes conferences, workshops, worship gatherings, family events such as weddings and funerals, and social gatherings outdoors. Cancel gatherings with fewer than 15 people if the event: - includes any attendees travelling from outside of Canada. Has attendees participating in activities that promote disease transmission (e.g. singing, cheering, close contact, sharing food or beverages, buffet-style meals) - Avoid a space that does not allow for recommended physical distancing (at least 6 feet between people)


Source: Alberta Health: COVID-19 info for Albertans https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx#toc-2 P


OFFICIAL SOURCES FOR COVID-19 INFO:

Information on COVID-19 changes quickly and is updated frequently. For the most up-to-date information, visit one of the following websites:
Alberta Health https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx Alberta Health Services https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16944.aspx
Pubic Health Agency of Canada https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html
World Health Organization https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
Follow Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, on Twitter at @CPHO_Canada
Follow Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, on Twitter at @CMOH_Alberta

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