Social Distancing: Explained

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You keep hearing it, you keep asking yourself what it really means and what are the implications of it?  Social Distancing! Those two words are becoming commonplace in everyday conversation since it all started. Here is a little summary of what is going on:

What IS Social Distancing?

All three levels of government along with our partners around the world are doing their best to curb the transmission of the virus. The objective is to reduce both the number of cases and the risk to those most vulnerable.

How are we doing that?

Along with the cancellation of both major events and permits we have seen the closure of gyms, schools and dine-in restaurants. We are encouraged to stay at least six feet away from individuals when in public and to avoid crowds.

Other examples of social distancing:

  • Work from home when possible
  • Switch to online classes – students can efficiently learn from the comforts of their own home
  • Visit loved ones via ‘WhatsApp’ or ‘Skype’ or even ‘Facebook Messenger’ instead of in person.
  • Cancel or postpone conferences, large meetings, weddings, birthday parties, etc.

What is quarantine?

People who may have recently travelled or have been exposed to someone that has the virus will be at risk of getting COVID-19 and they will have to practice self-quarantine. Health experts recommend that self-quarantine lasts a minimum of 14 days. Two weeks will allow enough time to determine whether or not they are ill.

Quarantine involves:

  • Use standard hygiene including washing hands frequently
  • Don’t share towels or utensils
  • Stay at home
  • Don’t have guests over

Once the quarantine period is done, if you do not have symptoms, follow your doctor’s instructions on how to return to your normal routine.

What is Self-Isolation?

Self-Isolation is appropriate for those that have confirmed that they have COVID-19. Self-Isolation is a health care term that means keeping people who are infected with a contagious virus or disease away from those who are not infected. Self-Isolation can take place at home, a hospital or a care facility. Special personal protective equipment will be used by medical personnel to care for these patients in health care environments.

What is “flattening the curve?”

Flattening the curve means using protective practices to slow the rate of COVID-19 infection so hospitals have enough rooms, supplies and doctors for all patients who need care. A large number of people falling ill over the course of a few days could overburden healthcare systems.

To get more detailed information, please visit;

Online Self Assessment http://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19

Canada.ca’s COVID 19 Update https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

Ontario.ca’s COVID 19 Update https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

Toronto.ca’s COVID 19 Update https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/health-wellness-care/diseases-medications-vaccines/coronavirus/

Virtual Walk-In Clinic http://cover.health/

I wanted to personally thank all medical personnel for their hard work and dedication.

Stay safe!

Posted By:Cynthia

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