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April 9, 2020

Dear ASC Members,

We hope you are all really taking care and precautions in this worsening crisis of the COVID-19 coronavirus. 

Please take care of yourself and elder members of the family and stay safe.

We trust you are practicing “social distancing” and taking all preventative actions (at least 20 seconds of frequent hand washing with soap, use of face masks, use of sanitizers etc.).

Keeping the current situation in mind, we have decided to postpone any further ASC events until further notice. We will continue to monitor the updates from the Provincial and Federal Governments as well as health authorities to determine when we can resume our activities.

Meanwhile, here is some information you may find useful in keeping yourself and your loved ones safe. Visit http://covid-19.ontario.ca for the latest information.

Sincerely,

Your 2018-20 Executive Committee.

Coronaviruses

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory infections like bronchitis, pneumonia or severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

Coronaviruses are spread mainly from person to person through close contact, for example, in a household, workplace or health care centre.

Some human coronaviruses spread easily between people, while others do not.

Your risk of severe disease may be higher if you have a weakened immune system. This may be the case for:

The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) causes a respiratory infection that originated in Wuhan, China.

The first presumptive case of this infection in Ontario was identified on January 25, 2020.

Symptoms and treatment

Symptoms range from mild – like the flu and other common respiratory infections – to severe. The most common symptoms include:

Complications from the 2019 novel coronavirus can include serious conditions, like pneumonia or kidney failure, and in some cases, death.

There are no specific treatments for coronaviruses, and there is no vaccine that protects against coronaviruses. Most people with common human coronavirus illnesses will recover on their own.

You should:

If you start to feel symptoms of COVID-19

If you need immediate medical attention you should call 911 and mention your travel history and symptoms.

How to protect yourself

Coronaviruses are spread mainly from person to person through close contact, for example, in a household, workplace or health care centre.

There is no vaccine available to protect against the 2019 novel coronavirus, but there are actions you can take to help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses.

Everyday actions

Take these everyday steps to reduce exposure to the virus and protect your health:

Physical distancing

Everyone in Ontario should be practicing physical distancing to reduce their exposure to other people.

Everyone in Ontario should do their best to avoid close contact with people outside of their immediate families. Close contact includes being within two (2) meters of another person.

If you believe you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 symptoms, you should begin to self-monitor for a period of 14 days. This means that, in addition to physical distancing, you should track how you feel. You should take your temperature daily and log any other symptoms that develop (for example, sore throat, new cough). You can share these records with your primary care provider over the phone if you seek assessment services.

How to self-isolate

Self-isolating means staying at home and avoiding contact with other people to help prevent the spread of disease to others in your home and your community.

All persons over 70 years of age and individuals who are immune-compromised are advised to self-isolate for a period of 14 days. This means that you should only leave your home or see other people for essential reasons. Where possible, you should seek services over the phone or internet or ask for help from friends, family or neighbours with essential errands.

When self-isolating you should:

Stay home

Limit the number of visitors in your home

Avoid contact with others

Keep distance

Cover your coughs and sneezes

Wash your hands

 Wear a mask over your nose and mouth

How to care for someone with COVID-19

Wash your hands often

Wear mask and gloves

Dispose of gloves and mask after use

Limit the number of visitors in your home

Avoid sharing household items

Clean

Wash laundry thoroughly

Be careful when touching waste

Returning from travel

Anyone who has travelled outside of Canada should:

In addition: