If you are in need of information regarding COVID-19, please visit Alberta.ca/COVID or AHS.ca/COVID. Both websites are full of information about the virus and what to do in the case that you contract it.
The following article only uses information from these two websites, to keep information accurate and consistent.
Given the recent news, media buzz and worldwide reactions surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, it is important to understand how this situation affects our local community in Stettler. Travel restrictions are now in place and major sports leagues are shutting down across the world, but how does this affect our local life here? While we aren’t feeling the direct effects of COVID-19 at our front door as of yet, we should prepare for the eventuality, so as to not be surprised. Given the close quarters of our Town, it is of utmost importance to understand the actions that need to be taken to maintain good health, as individuals and as a community.
The positive news at this time is that the risk for Albertans to contract the COVID-19 virus is low. However, the goal across our province is to keep it that way. The following article will provide information about the virus, what you can do to stay healthy and what you should do in the event that it is contracted.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 belongs to a family of viruses called the coronavirus, which has many strains and forms. COVID-19 is what is called a novel-coronavirus because it has not been previously identified in humans before and therefore has no treatment or vaccination.
How can I contract it?
Contraction occurs through person to person interaction. This can include coughing, or sneezing, that creates large droplets of fluid. It can also be contracted through touching contaminated objects and surfaces. The COVID-19 virus can survive on a surface from a few hours to multiple days.
How can I stay healthy and prevent the spread?
Given the contraction methods above, it is clear that good hand hygiene is the best practice. Wash your hands often with soap and hot water, while using hand sanitizer as a supplemental tool. Avoid touching your mouth, nose and face in general. Cover your coughs and sneezes as best you can.
What to do if you feel sick.
If you have a cough, fever or are experiencing extreme tiredness, call Health Link at +811 immediately. They will assess your symptoms over the phone and provide advice based on the situation.
As scary as this situation may be, it is important not to panic, but to practice caution. In a time of global uncertainty, it is crucial to temper fear with reason, panic with patience and a lack of knowledge with education.
We need to meet this challenge as a community, with togetherness and compassion for those around us.