What do these 3 things have in common, other than starting with the letter “C”?
Let’s start with the first C. People, businesses and governments around the world have acted fast and furious on the Coronavirus, or COVID-19 as it’s now called. China built a 1000-bed hospital in just 10 days, with a new 1,500-bed hospital opening a few days later. Some countries have closed borders to other countries on the pariah list. Major sporting events, movie premieres, concerts, conferences and all sorts of events have been cancelled preventatively, with questions on whether to go ahead with the Olympics. The Stock market is on a downward “COVID-correction” with a wrench in the gears of supply chains plus a drop in consumer confidence. Actually, consumers are pretty confident on one thing … they want masks, canned goods and toilet paper, but supplies are short.
It’s hard to resist these ever-sensational stories, so the demand for more stories intensifies (irony alert: this story could be part of the clickbait problem). It is key to get a solid line on information. UHN News has a great resource page, or try Toronto Public Health.
The upside? Fear of COVID-19 may help us do the things we’re ALWAYS supposed to do to prevent the spread of colds, flus and more. Based on Toronto Public Health:
- Keep 2m apart from basically everyone outside your home or bubble and if the area you are in gets crowded, go home.
- Wear a Mask when in indoor public spaces, also outdoors when keeping 2m is a challenge
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (the time it takes to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice). No soap and water? Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are ill
- Stay home when you are ill (your colleagues will love you for it)
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the garbage and wash your hands
- No tissue? Sleeve-sneeze/cough into the crook of your elbow
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Remember that the flu has always been serious. It claimed my great-grandmother Rachel when she was just in her 30’s in the 1930’s.
And though COVID-19 is MAJOR, there are a lot of things we should take seriously, bringing me to the third C, Climate. As a society, we have been a little slow to act, but Climate Change threatens our health. We are the cause but we can be the cure if we act swiftly. Now, at least, we know we can.
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(post updated 2020-07-15 to include more recent recommendations)