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Help reduce risk of infection

From: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks.html#p 

Human coronaviruses cause infections of the nose, throat and lungs.


They are most commonly spread from an infected person through:
-respiratory droplets generated when you cough or sneeze
-close, prolonged personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
-touching something with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands

Current evidence suggests person-to-person spread is efficient when there is close contact.


Proper hygiene can help reduce the risk of infection or spreading infection to others:


-wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the washroom and when preparing food
-use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
-when coughing or sneezing: cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand
dispose of any tissues you have used as soon as possible in a lined waste basket and wash your hands afterwards
-avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
-clean the following high-touch surfaces frequently with regular household cleaners or diluted bleach (1 part bleach to 9 parts water):
  • toys
  • toilets
  • phones
  • electronics
  • door handles
  • bedside tables
  • television remotes

Wearing masks
If you are a healthy individual, the use of a mask is not recommended for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Wearing a mask when you are not ill may give a false sense of security. There is a potential risk of infection with improper mask use and disposal. They also need to be changed frequently.

However, your health care provider may recommend you wear a mask if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 while you are seeking or waiting for care. In this instance, masks are an appropriate part of infection prevention and control measures. The mask acts as a barrier and helps stop the tiny droplets from spreading you when you cough or sneeze.


What is Social Distancing (From: https://news.gov.mb.ca/news/index.html?item=46936)

Public health officials continue to recommend social distancing measures for all Manitobans including:
• cancelling or postponing any large-scale events (events with more than 250 attendees);
• minimizing prolonged (more than 10 minutes), close (less than two metres) contact between individuals in public;
• avoiding greetings that involve touching such as handshakes;
• disinfecting frequently used surfaces;
• following public health advice related to self-monitoring and self-isolation if you have travelled or have been exposed to someone ill with the virus; and
• avoiding all non-essential travel, as well as crowded places and events.

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