By Qurrat-ul-Ain Kamal
How Canada got COVID-19?
The first case in Canada was reported on January 25th in Toronto. The person had returned from Wuhan, China, on January 22nd, and had taken precautions in returning. After admission to hospital, the person made a full recovery by February 23rd. On February 9th, Canada expands COVID-19 screening requirements for travelers returning from affected areas to 10 airports across 6 provinces. On February 20th, Canada confirms its first case related to travel outside mainland China. On March 9th, Canada confirms its first death related to COVID-19.
Cases of COVID-19 in Canada:
The total cases of Corona virus in Canada which are confirmed is 95,057. The numbers of people who are tested of Corona virus in Canada are 1,868,277. The number of recovered ones are 54, 221. The deaths of COVID-19 in Canada are 7,800.
Canada’s Strategy to deal against COVID-19:
In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within communities and across the country, all Canadians are advised to:
• stay at home unless you have to go to work
• talk to your employer about working at home if possible
• avoid all non-essential trips in your community
• do not gather in groups
• limit contact with people at higher risk, such as older adults and those in poor health
• go outside to exercise but stay close to home
• if you leave your home, always keep a distance of at least 2 arms lengths (approximately 2 meters) from others
• household contacts (people you live with) do not need to distance from each other unless they are sick or have travelled in the last 14 days
You can go for a walk if you:
• have not been diagnosed with COVID-19
• do not have symptoms of COVID-19
• have not travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days
• are not in quarantine (self-isolating)
• are not isolating
If you go out for a walk, do not congregate and always practice physical (social) distancing by keeping at least 2 meters apart from others at all times.
• avoiding crowded places and non-essential gatherings
• avoiding common greetings, such as handshakes
• limiting contact with people at higher risk like older adults and those in poor health
• keeping a distance of at least 2 arms-length (approximately 2 meters) from 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.
The writer is a student of M.Sc Communication Studies Digital Media at Institute of Communication Studies,University of the Punjab,Lahore,Pakistan.