Dear Fellow Canadian,
The health and safety of all Canadians has always been a priority for the Canadian Red Cross – and this includes all of our employees and volunteers. As more information about COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) is shared both here in Canada and around the world, we want to provide you with an update on how the Canadian Red Cross is responding and preparing.
We also know you may have questions about the actions you can take to minimize your risk and help stop the spread of COVID-19.
What you can do
Practice good hygiene and social distancing.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing by using a tissue or your elbow. If using a tissue, ensure the tissue is disposed of in a closed bin and hands are washed afterwards.
- Many mass gatherings have been cancelled across the country and schools are also closing. As well, many employees are being asked to work from home. In addition, please take steps to avoid, when possible, crowded spaces. Avoiding crowds can reduce the spread of infection.
- When out in public, try to keep a distance of two metres (or six feet) apart from others.
If you suspect symptoms in yourself or others.
If you are feeling unwell or showing any symptoms, such as fever, cough or difficulty breathing, please stay home from work and phone a health care provider. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, if you are concerned with your symptoms or have recently
travelled to a region where coronavirus is known to occur, you should consult your health care provider as soon as possible.
Follow the directions of governments and health authorities.
The Government of Canada has advised that Canadians avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice, including cruise ships. It also advised that all travellers returning to Canada, regardless of country of origin, need to self-isolate for 14 days upon return to Canada.
Even outside of public health emergencies such as this, it’s always good to be prepared. One way you can be ready is to make sure you have what you need so that if you become ill you can
still stay home for 7-14 days.
Be prepared with the essentials:
- Non-perishable food items
- Personal hygiene items
- Daily personal medications
- Things that you like to have when you’re not feeling well
- Cold, flu and pain medications that are approved by your healthcare provider for everyone in your family
- Pet supplies
- Also take a moment to check your thermometer’s batteries
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What the Red Cross is doing
Canadian Red Cross staff, volunteers and delegates have supported Canadians
impacted by COVID-19 and will continue to do so.
We know how challenging these responses are. We also know that the presence, compassion and support provided by the Red Cross has been very much appreciated by travellers, and our collaboration and professionalism have been appreciated by our partners.
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The Canadian Red Cross is prepared and ready to support Canadians now during the COVID-19 pandemic and into the Spring and Summer as we anticipate
floods, wildfires and other disasters that will affect families and communities. The best way you can support our work is with a donation now to the Canadian Red Cross Fund.
The Canadian Red Cross continues to monitor the situation and we will coordinate our response as needed. You can follow our updates on redcross.ca, Twitter and Facebook. We also encourage you to stay up-to-date through the Public Health Agency of Canada’s website.
We can all take the necessary steps to protect one another during this situation. Thank you for doing your part.