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What you need to know to be prepared for Coronavirus

It’s all anyone is talking about these days: How to stay safe and prepared during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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There really is no reason to panic. Hearing that may not induce calm, but nevertheless it remains true. Many are still going about their daily lives going to work and trying to live as normally as possible. Social distancing is being advised, so you would do well to avoid crowded places, avoid public transport and limit interaction with people who have flu like symptoms.

At Life 360 Counselling we are taking every measure possible to ensure your safety during this time. For example we have a professional cleaning company who sanitize the office and surfaces with which you could come in contact. We also clean and sanitize between sessions, offer hand sanitizer and a sink where you are able to wash your hands.

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Dr. Susy Hota, the Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control at the University Health Network in Toronto give the following advice…

Tips for staying safe and limiting the spread of Covid-19

1. The most important thing is to keep washing your hands. Shy away from handshakes and be sure to clean your hands after touching things like door handles and door knobs.

2. If you are using public transit, stay vigilant. Dr. Hota still uses public transit to get to work every day, but there are precautions she recommends all riders take. For one, she says to try and avoid touching anything you can, especially things like the poles on subway cars, handrails, and walls. These surfaces end up being touched by so many people. They’re heavily contaminated. If you do need to hold a handrail or hang on to a subway pole, go ahead, but try and avoid touching your face, and wash your hands as soon as you can.

3. You don’t need to wear a mask. We don’t really have any evidence to show that wearing a mask in public spaces is going to protect you. Just try and stay about 2 metres away from other passengers if they are coughing or sneezing, if at all possible, she said.

4. Don’t go to the hospital unless it’s an emergency. The majority of people who get COVID-19 experience only mild symptoms and do not need to go to the emergency department. If you’re experiencing mild symptoms, call your primary health care provider, like a family doctor instead. 

5. Practice social distancing. Canada's Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam says one way Canadians can help limit the spread of the virus is by practicing social distancing. This means avoiding crowded places and non-essential gatherings, considering shopping or taking public transport in off-peak hours and greeting one another with a wave or elbow instead of a handshake, kiss or hug. Where possible, increase social distancing with others to two arms' length, approximately two metres.

What supplies do you need to stock up on?

Many Canadians are wondering what supplies we might need to keep on hand in the event of having to self-isolate for 14 days or a mandate to increase social distancing. Dr. Samir Sinha, Director of Geriatrics at Sinai Health, and an emergency preparedness expert who volunteers with the American Red Cross gives this advice…

1. Non-perishable goods are your friend. Things like granola bars, canned meats and vegetables, beans, lentils, chickpeas and rice are all solid bets when stocking your pantry. Frozen vegetables and fruits are easy to keep as well.

2. Cleaning supplies are a must. Disinfectant wipes, bleaches, soaps, all of these things can work to kill the virus.  Vodka and vinegar, unfortunately, does not work as a disinfectant.

3. If you’re sick, find a buddy. A friend or family member can drop food and essential items outside the door of your apartment, minimizing contact. That way you can actually make sure that things are delivered to you but you're also not putting the other person at risk.

4. Try to have two weeks’ worth of supplies. Items like hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes are already running out at many stores, and Dr. Sinha recommends only stocking up on items that will last you for as long as the recommended isolation period of 14 days.  

5. Health Canada says stock up on essentials but avoid "panic buying". It is easier on the supply chain if people gradually build up their household stores instead of making large-scale purchases all at once.

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