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The selfadvocatenet.com coverage of the Corona Virus pandemic also called COVID 19 is intended to inform Self Advocates by bringing you daily updates and information regarding this life threatening situation so you stay healthy and safe.
We encourage all Self Advocates to follow the Ministry of Health guidelines so we can stop the spread of this virus quickly. We each must do our part to protect ourselves and our communities. If you have an issue let us know we are here to support one another.
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Stay home if you are sick. If you are sneezing cover your mouth with your arm. Practice social isolation by staying 2 meters or at least 2 arm lengths away from everyone. If you take the bus sit a few seats away from the next person.
By practicing these guidelines we will be doing our part as citizens to keep everyone safe. When you are at home make sure your surroundings are cleaned regularly. Frequently wipe down things you touch a lot like door handles, light switches, telephones, countertops , bathrooms etc.
Make sure you reach out to service providers, family and friends if you are uncertain. Only go out if it is necessary like going shopping or to the drug store.
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- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Using soap and water is the single most effective way of reducing the spread of infection.
- If a sink is not available, alcohol based hand rubs (ABHR) can be used to clean your hands as long as they are not visibly soiled. If they are visibly soiled, use a wipe and then ABHR to effectively clean them.
- Do not touch your face, eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow when you sneeze or cough.
- Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
- Do not share food, drinks, utensils, etc.
- Handwashing poster
Will wearing a mask protect me?
Health-care workers will wear surgical masks, eye protection and gowns in order to protect themselves and other patients. During health-care procedures in which aerosol sprays may be generated (for example, when giving certain inhaled medications), health-care workers should wear specialized masks.
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- Chatterpack’s list of free, online, boredom-busting resources
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- Stay-at-Home Guide for Kids With FASD, from the National Organisation for Foetal Alcohol Syndrome-UK
- Hello Giggles: “Stuck at home? These 12 famous museums offer virtual tours you can take on your couch“
- Scholastic Learn at Home projects
- Virtual Roller Coaster Rides courtesy of Canada’s Wonderland
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May 13, 2020 Gatineau, QC Employment and Social Development Canada
Post-secondary students across Canada are facing unprecedented challenges as they work to complete their studies and find summer jobs in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, the Government of Canada is providing direct support to students and recent graduates who are facing a very different job market this summer.
Today, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, along with the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, announced that the application period for the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) will begin on Friday, May 15, 2020. The CESB, which will be delivered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), will provide temporary income support to eligible post-secondary students and new graduates who are unable to work or find work this summer due to COVID-19, or are working and are not making over $1000.
If you are able to work, you must be actively looking for a job to be eligible to receive the CESB. If you still cannot find work due to COVID-19, or do not earn more than $1,000, you can re-apply for each CESB eligibility period that you are eligible for. Registering with JobBank.gc.ca is a way for students to find available opportunities to earn an income and meaningful work experience that will help them succeed in the future.
The CESB will be available from May to August 2020 to students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents, and who are enrolled in a post-secondary education program leading to a degree, diploma, or certificate; or who ended their studies no earlier than December 2019. It will also be available to Canadian students studying abroad, as well as high school graduates who will be starting a post-secondary program in the coming months. The CESB will provide $1,250 every four weeks to eligible students, or $2,000 every four weeks to eligible students with disabilities, or those with children or other dependants.
The CRA will offer the same fast and easy application process that has delivered CERB payments to millions of Canadians. Starting on May 15, 2020, eligible students will be able to apply for the CESB online through their CRA My Account or by phone through CRA’s automated toll-free line. To help manage the volume of applications, applicants will be asked to apply over four days depending on their month of birth, and can expect their payment in three business days from when they are deemed eligible if they are using direct deposit.
To get ready to apply, the CRA is encouraging eligible students to take three easy steps:
- Create a profile with the CRA by calling 1-800-959-8281 (for students who have never filed a tax return)
- Register for a CRA My Account as it is the fastest and easiest way to complete an application
- Enroll in Direct Deposit to have CESB payments deposited directly into their bank accounts. Financial institutions across the country are also allowing Canadians to sign up for CRA Direct Deposit through their bank portals in a few easy steps.
The Government of Canada remains fully committed to supporting all Canadians during this global pandemic. The Government will continue to carefully consider any additional steps it can take to do just that.
“During these unprecedented times, summer jobs are more scarce, leaving post-secondary students worried about making ends meet. Through the Canada Emergency Student Benefit, the Government of Canada is providing students with the support they need to keep a roof over their heads. When Canada emerges from this pandemic, we want to ensure students are in a financial position to continue their studies so they can pursue fruitful careers.”
-The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion
“Canadian students are the future of our country and we recognize that they are also heavily affected by the COVID-19 crisis. To that end, we have taken decisive actions to ensure that they are not left behind. The CRA has successfully delivered millions of dollars in benefits to those who need it most and it will continue this vital work by supporting students through the Canada Emergency Student Benefit.”
-The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue
“Young Canadians are not just the leaders of tomorrow – they are leaders today. Our role – now more than ever – is to provide them with the assistance they need to help them reach their potential. The Canada Emergency Student Benefit will do just that. It is a key element of the suite of programs our Government is offering to support Canadian students in navigating the uncertainty of COVID-19.”
-The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth
- The CESB could help approximately one million students who are facing a very different job market this summer due to COVID-19 pay their bills.
- The CESB will be available between May and August 2020 for post-secondary students and graduates. For high school students and those working towards the equivalent of a high school diploma, the CESB will be available between:
- May and August 2020 if they receive a high school diploma or equivalent before May 10, 2020;
- June and August 2020 if they receive a high school diploma or equivalent between May 10, 2020 and June 6, 2020; and
- July and August 2020 if they receive, or are to receive, a high school diploma or equivalent between June 2020 and December 2020.
- On April 22, 2020, the Prime Minister announced a comprehensive suite of measures totaling approximately $9 billion, aimed at helping students and new graduates affected by COVID-19. Those measures include the CESB, as well as the doubling of student grant amounts and a raised cap on student loans for the upcoming school year. A six-month, interest-free moratorium on student loan repayment is already in effect.
- The CESB is part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, which already commits $146 billion in support to Canadians and businesses through these unprecedented times.
For media enquiries, please contact:
Office of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion
Office of the Minister of National Revenue
Canada Revenue Agency
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Policy change sparked by death of disabled South Surrey woman ‘will save lives’
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Joint statement on Province of B.C.’s COVID-19 response, latest updates
Victoria Thursday, May 28, 2020 4:40 PM
Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:
“Today, we are announcing nine new cases, for a total of 2,558 cases in British Columbia.
“There are 241 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 2,153 people who tested positive have recovered.
“Of the total COVID-19 cases, 33 individuals are hospitalized, six of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.
“Every health region in British Columbia has patients with COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 899 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,274 in the Fraser Health region, 127 in the Island Health region, 195 in the Interior Health region and 63 in the Northern Health region.
“Today’s numbers reflect a small data correction. An additional case reported yesterday in the Vancouver Coastal Health region has been removed.
“There have been two new COVID-19 related deaths in the last day in the Fraser Health region, for a total of 164 deaths in British Columbia. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“There has been one new health-care outbreak at the Nicola Lodge in the Fraser Health region. In total, 15 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and one acute-care unit have active outbreaks.
“The outbreak the Mission Institution (Medium Security) federal corrections facility has now been declared over. This was one of the largest outbreaks that we have experienced in our province. An incredible effort, especially by the Fraser Health region, was put into the outbreak response.
“Public health teams continue to provide support for community outbreaks at federal corrections facilities, the processing facilities in the poultry sector and for individuals connected to the Kearl Lake plant in Alberta.
“We know COVID-19 has a two-week incubation period, and we also know the virus can be passed from someone who is asymptomatic or has mild symptoms.
“As we carefully move forward into Phase 2, we are watching for new cases closely and assessing our progress week by week.
“The provincial health officer order for vending markets, such as farmer’s markets has been amended to allow for the sale of non-food items and for tables for eating, ensuring a safe distance is maintained. The restrictions on food handling, safe physical distancing, following hand hygiene and signage at these markets are still in place.
“This slow and thoughtful approach is our new normal. It is grounded in what we know about COVID-19 today, and will continue to be adapted as we learn more in the weeks and months ahead.
“What we do know is that the impact of COVID-19 is far-reaching and has affected us all.
“Yesterday, the BC Coroners Service reported a notable and disheartening increase in overdose deaths so far this year, with 117 people who died in April. For many people, especially those who are homesless and living with mental health and addiction issues, COVID-19 is yet an additional challenge. We have not forgotten you and continue to work with the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions to respond to the two public health emergencies.
“The provincewide survey, Your Story, Our Future, is important to better understand everyone’s experiences with COVID-19 so far. The insights we gain will help to guide our decisions ahead.
“If you have not had an opportunity to complete the survey, you have a few more days – until May 31, to share your thoughts and perspectives. The survey is available online and by phone in multiple languages through the BC Centre for Disease Control.
“We all want healthy, vibrant, safe communities. By working together and supporting each other in kindness and compassion, we will make this happen.”
For a Chinese translation, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/2020.05.28_New_ExistingCasesCOVID-19_CN.pdf
For the survey, Your Story, Our Future, visit: www.bccdc.ca/covid19survey
For those who cannot complete the survey online, or need assistance in another language, call 1 833 707-1900 to take the survey over the phone.
Assistance is available seven days a week between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (Pacific time), in 150 languages.
For more information about BC’s Restart Plan, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/restartbc
For B.C.’s surgical renewal plan, visit:
For the slides presented at the May 4 media briefing, visit:
For guidance and information on self-isolation and self-monitoring, including how to isolate if you live with others, visit:
For the provincial health officer’s orders, notices and guidance, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/phoguidance
For the latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and testing, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/
Or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.
To learn where, when and how people with symptoms can be tested, visit:
The COVID-19 self-assessment app, which includes details about where, when and how to be tested, can be downloaded here: https://bc.thrive.health/
To learn more about Fair PharmaCare, including coverage, how to request an income review and the monthly deductible payment option, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/Register_for_Fair_PharmaCare.pdf
For non-health related information, including financial, child care and education supports, travel, transportation and essential service information, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/covid19
Or call 1 888 COVID19 (1 888 268-4319) between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. (Pacific time), seven days a week.
For the latest videos and livestreaming of COVID-19 media availabilities, visit:
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Assisted living, long-term care homes, seniors’ rental buildings with past or ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks
Vancouver Coastal Health:
- Amica Edgemont
- Berkley Care Centre long-term care facility
- Evergreen House long-term care facility
- Haro Park long-term care facility
- Royal Arch Masonic Home long-term care facility
- South Granville Park Lodge long-term care facility
- Chartwell Willow long-term care facility
- Clayton Heights long-term care facility
- Eden Care Centre long-term care facility
- Langley Lodge long-term care facility (second outbreak April 29)
- New Vista Care Home long-term care facility
- Nicola Lodge long-term care facility
- The Cedars in Mission assisted living facility
- Valhaven Home long-term care facility
- Worthington Pavilion
Outbreaks declared over:
- Amica Retirement Home long-term care facility
- Cedarbrook Chateau independent living
- Central City Lodge
- Delta View long-term care facility
- Dufferin Care Centre
- Evergreen Heights assisted living
- German Canadian House long-term care facility
- Guildford Seniors Village long-term care facility
- Hollyburn House long-term care facility
- Inglewood Lodge long-term care facility
- Kootenay Street Village long-term care facility
- Langley Gardens long-term care facility
- Langley Lodge long-term care facility (first outbreak declared over April 25)
- Little Mountain long-term care facility
- Lynn Valley long-term care facility
- MSA Manor long-term care facility
- Orchard Manor at Hawthorn Park long-term care facility
- Shaughnessy Care Centre long-term care facility
- Swedish Canadian Manor assisted living
- The Harrison at Elim Village long-term care facility
- Villa Cathay long-term care facility
- Windermere Care Centre long-term care facility
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Victoria Thursday May 28th,2020
B.C. COVID-19 response update
Here you will find the latest data on COVID-19 cases in British Columbia.
May 29, 2020
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Message from the Ministry of Children and Family Development
To help keep you informed on the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s response to COVID-19, we will be providing updates on the ministry’s website (https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/covid-19-information).
Check back regularly for information and updates specific to Caregivers, Contracted Residential Agencies, community-based service providers, child care operators, and youth/families receiving supports from the ministry.
This is From Ministry of Income Assistance regarding their services situations with covid19 THEIR OFFICES ARE CLOSED . And they asking you go to Ministry of Income Assistance online portal go to link here https://myselfserve.gov.bc.ca/
TransLink COVID-19 Update
May 27, 2020
Fare collection and front-door boarding to resume, bus seating restrictions eased
NEW WESTMINSTER, BC – On Monday, June 1, Coast Mountain Bus Company (CMBC) will resume fare collection and front-door boarding on buses throughout the region. Bus seating restrictions will also be eased, and buses will be able to accommodate approximately two-thirds capacity before being deemed full.
The increase in passenger capacity on buses will allow CMBC to accommodate the growing number of customers who are returning to the transit system, in alignment with British Columbia’s Restart Plan. CMBC has restored bus schedules to what they were before the COVID-19 pandemic to add as much capacity as possible. However, with bus ridership increasing by more than 30% over the past month, demand cannot be met with the current seating arrangements.
These necessary steps are being taken following the installation of temporary plexiglass extension barriers or vinyl barriers on all buses to protect transit operators.
Physical distancing will not always be possible on transit and that’s why TransLink is encouraging customers to take the following steps to protect themselves and their fellow passengers:
- Do not take transit when sick.
- Travel at off-peak times whenever possible.
- Wear a non-medical mask or face covering while waiting for or taking transit if you’re able to do so.
- Use bus seating when possible so operators can best estimate the number of customers on board.
- Allow more time for your commute.
As part of the Safe Operating Action Plan announced last week, CMBC has doubled bus disinfecting sprays to twice per week in addition to daily cleaning schedules. Customers will also notice changes at transit hubs designed to create space where possible, including installing two-metre spaced decals at some bus stops and station entrance ways to help guide customers.
TransLink Media Relations
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BC Transit updates Coronavirus COVID-19 Information latest here
BC Transit putting measures in place to align with BC’s Restart Plan
Corporate – Following the guidance of the Provincial Health Officer and WorkSafeBC, and drawing on the best practices of the transit industry worldwide, BC Transit is continuing with many of the safety measures put in place to respond to COVID-19, and is implementing additional practices and procedures to align with BC’s Restart Plan.
As restrictions begin to lift across the province, select sectors open back up, and people gradually return to engaging in some of the activities they did prior to March 2020, we want to ensure that BC Transit gets you where you need to be, as safely and efficiently as possible.
Measures already in place that will continue include:
- Enhanced cleaning and sanitization on buses and at BC Transit facilities
- Rear door loading and ceasing fare collection until May 31, 2020
- Additional personal protective equipment for handyDART transit operators
- Communication to staff and customers to encourage behaviours that contribute to the safety of themselves, our operators and fellow passengers
New measures will include:
- Capacity management, including keeping buses at a comfortable load
- BC Transit will continue to target a comfortable capacity on buses, which may result in buses being full and customers could experience pass ups
- BC Transit is encouraging customers to use NextRide to check for capacity in advance of boarding and attempt to travel at non-peak times as much as possible
- The use of face coverings will be encouraged on buses and at bus stops where physical distancing is not possible
- Protective barriers for operators in the form of vinyl panels or full driver doors
- One way passenger flow entering through the front of the bus and exiting through the rear of the bus
- An exception will be made for customers with mobility aids to exit through the front of the bus
- Resuming front door loading and fare collection effective June 1, 2020
- Timeline for installation of full driver door protective barriers on buses will be accelerated
BC Transit continues to provide transportation services you can rely on. As we move through the phases of BC’s Restart Plan, BC Transit will work with our partners to adjust or implement measures based on advice from the Provincial Health Officer.
For more information, please visit BCTransit.com/covid19 or call your local transit office.
“Public transit has been an essential service through the initial response phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we appreciate the work of our transit agencies and transit operators to keep these services running. Public transit will be key to British Columbia’s recovery success, and we are working closely with BC Transit to ensure people can continue to access this important service – to get to where they need to go.”
Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena
“Public Health and WorkSafeBC are working with transit agencies to ensure all reasonable steps are being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19, however, it’s clear that maintaining a safe physical distance may not be possible in every situation. We recommend all passengers consider wearing a face covering while using public transit, especially during those instances where physical distancing may not be possible. We also ask the public to be patient during this challenging transition period and we are grateful to British Columbia’s transit agencies for doing everything possible to protect the public during these changing times.”
Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer
“BC Transit is proud to provide transportation services our customers can rely on as we move into Phase 2 of BC’s Restart Plan. Our team is committed to putting the safety of our customers, employees, and communities as our top priority.”
Erinn Pinkerton, BC Transit President and Chief Executive Officer
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Federal Ministers and Health Officials Provide COVID-19 Update – May 28th,2020
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This from The World Health Organization website you can find information and guidance from WHO regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that was first reported from Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019. Please visit this page for daily updates.
Here is the WHO latest update
WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 – 27 May 2020
This is Briefing of The WHO News Conference that was Today May 27th,2020
Good morning, good afternoon and good evening.
Yesterday, 40 million health professionals sent a letter to the leaders of each of the G20 nations, calling for a healthy and green recovery from COVID-19. I fully support this.
The human cost of COVID-19 has been devastating, and the so-called lockdown measures have turned lives upside down.
But the pandemic has given us a glimpse of what our world could look like if we took the bold steps that are needed to curb climate change and air pollution.
Our air and water can be clearer, our streets can be quieter and safer, and many of us have found new ways to work while spending more time with our families.
Yesterday, WHO published our manifesto for a green and healthy recovery from COVID-19, with six simple prescriptions:
First, protect nature, which is the source of the air, water and food on which human health depends.
Second, ensure that homes and health facilities have water and sanitation, access to clean and reliable energy, and are resilient to climate change.
Third, invest in a quick transition to clean energy that will cut air pollution, so that when COVID-19 has been defeated people can breathe clean air.
Fourth, promote healthy and sustainable food systems, to give people access to healthy and affordable food.
Fifth, build cities that integrate health into all aspects of urban planning, from sustainable transport systems to healthy housing.
And sixth, stop subsidizing fossil fuels that cause pollution and drive climate change.
As some countries start to re-open their societies and economies, the question we must answer is whether we will just return to the way things were, or whether we will learn the lessons the pandemic is teaching us about our relationship with our planet.
Building back better means building back greener.
When I started as Director-General almost three years ago, one of the first things I did was to put out a call to all staff to contribute ideas for how to transform WHO and make it more effective.
And I was asking many of my colleagues to generate crazy ideas to improve our organization.
One of the ways I did that was by instituting “Open Hour”, where any staff member can come to talk to me about any issue they want, every Thursday.
These ideas became the basis of the transformation process we have been implementing over the past few years, and I would like to thank all staff who contributed their ideas that are now changing the face of WHO.
At one of the first meetings, a staff member proposed the creation of a WHO Foundation.
The idea was to establish a way to generate funding for WHO from sources we haven’t tapped before, including the general public.
Until now, WHO has been one of the few international organizations, which has not received donations from the general public.
I immediately recognized the enormous potential in this idea thanks to the staff, which suggested this idea.
It is well documented that one of the greatest threats to WHO’s success is the fact that less than 20% of our budget comes in the form of flexible assessed contributions from Member States, while more than 80% is voluntary contributions, from Member States and other donors, which are usually tightly earmarked for specific programmes.
In effect, that means WHO has little discretion over the way it spends its funds, almost 80% of its funds.
We have been working hard to encourage Member States to increase the proportion of flexible funds they give us, and we are very grateful for those countries that have given us greater flexibility in recent years and there is improvement.
But for WHO to fulfil its mission and mandate, there is a clear need to broaden our donor base, and to improve both the quantity and quality of funding we receive – meaning more flexible funding.
Since February 2018 we have been hard at work supporting the establishment of the WHO Foundation after hard work of two years it gives us enormous pleasure to launch it officially and to launch the WHO Foundation.
This is a historic step for WHO, as an integral part of our resource mobilization strategy to broaden the contributor base.
The WHO Foundation was not ready to launch when the COVID-19 pandemic began, so with the support of the United Nations Foundation, the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation and several other partners, we launched the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
In just two-and-a-half months, this fund has raised more than 214 million U.S. dollars from more than 400,000 individuals and companies, including 55 million dollars from the “One World: Together at Home” virtual concert.
These funds have been used to buy lab diagnostics, personal protective equipment, and to fund research and development, including for vaccines.
The Solidarity Response Fund is powerful proof of concept for the WHO Foundation.
To further promote the Solidarity Response Fund, WHO has partnered with the animation studio Illumination to launch a public service announcement today aimed at children featuring the beloved animated characters the Minions and Gru, voiced by the actor Steve Carrell, to promote ways for people to stay safe from COVID-19.
The Solidarity Response Fund will continue to receive donations to support WHO’s work on COVID-19, while the WHO Foundation will help to fund all elements of WHO’s work and be fully aligned with our priorities.
It now gives me great pleasure to introduce Professor Thomas Zeltner, who is the founder and chair of the board of the WHO Foundation.
Professor Zeltner is a Swiss physician and lawyer, with a long and distinguished career in public health, including as the Director-General of the National Health Authority and as Swiss Secretary of State for Health.
Professor Zeltner, thank you for your support and collaboration over the past 18 months.
The floor is yours to speak about the new WHO Foundation, which is being born today.
Wash your hands frequently
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
Maintain social distancing
Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
Practice respiratory hygiene
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider
Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.
Protection measures for persons who are in or have recently visited (past 14 days) areas where COVID-19 is spreading
- Follow the guidance outlined above.
- Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover. Why? Avoiding contact with others and visits to medical facilities will allow these facilities to operate more effectively and help protect you and others from possible COVID-19 and other viruses.
- If you develop fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Call in advance and tell your provider of any recent travel or contact with travelers.
- Why? Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also help to prevent possible spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.
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Go to World Heath Organization for above Information on Corona virus go to the link here