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Here’s some basic pandemic information

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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 20/03/2020 (1049 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

I am sure anyone reading this has already read a lot of news regarding the novel coronavirus which causes COVID-19. I wanted to use my column this month to talk about the virus, precautions we can be taking, and information that is important to know;
 
What is coronavirus (CoV)?
According to the World Health Organization, CoV “are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).”

Common signs of infection:
According to the Government of Canada website: “Those who are infected with COVID-19 may have little to no symptoms. You may not know you have symptoms of COVID-19 because they are similar to a cold or flu.

“Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19. This is the longest-known infectious period for this disease. Scientists are currently investigating if the virus can be transmitted to others if someone is not showing symptoms. While experts believe that it is possible, it is considered to be rare at this point.

“Symptoms have included: fever, cough, difficulty breathing, and pneumonia in both lungs. In severe cases, infection can lead to death. Those most at risk are those with an already compromised immune system.”

Flatten the curve:
Many of you have likely heard discussion around the terms “curve” and “spike” being used in reference to COVID-19. These terms are used to explain the rate at which COVID-19 is spreading and what our systems can handle. If we can slow down the spread of the virus, we will have the resources — health care workers, hospital beds and respiratory equipment to manage the pandemic. However, if it is spread too rapidly, we won’t have the resources and this could ultimately be very harmful for individuals in our society.

So this begs the question, what can we do to slow the spread of the virus?

What can you do?
Some of the things we can all do include: minimizing interaction-time and frequency; avoiding physical touch (hugs, handshakes, etc.); disinfecting commonly touched surfaces (door knobs, keys, etc.); and avoiding crowded places. All Canadians are being asked to remain in the country and to avoid any unnecessary travel. You can find a more thorough list here:
https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/socialdistancing.html

If you suspect or have any reason to believe you could be a carrier — through recent travels, encounter with a traveller, or have any symptoms — self-isolate immediately. Manitoba does not currently have the resources to test for COVID-19 unless you are experiencing symptoms.

The most important thing you can do, especially if you are in good health, is be aware of others. Just because you are feeling good, this does not mean others can handle the virus. Do not risk spreading it.

Things you shouldn’t do:

Remember, we are friendly Manitoba. Do not hoard resources. This will only make it harder for others to buy the essentials they need. We must look after our most vulnerable, and they are often only able to buy what they need when they need it. Last, do not fear-monger. We are in this together and it is important we are only spreading truthful and useful information.

I want to thank those of you who have taken the time to reach out to me. I have received many emails and phone calls regarding precautions, general inquiries, employment insurance and jobs remaining open.

Until further instruction, I will not be at McDonalds on Saturdays. However, if you have a question, or a thought you would like to share please do not hesitate to email me at cindy@gocindy.ca or call 204-615-9961.

Cindy Lamoureux

Cindy Lamoureux
Tyndall Park constituency report

Cindy Lamoureux is the Liberal MLA for Tyndall Park.

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