As we are all aware, the fast spreading coronavirus is the biggest health risk for human health at the moment. World Health Organization (WHO) reported more than 110 countries with infected cases. There are prudent precautions we can all take to limit the spread of this respiratory virus to our families, loved ones, and the community.
The health and safety of our customers and employees is our top priority. We are closely monitoring developments of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and are following guidelines from the government and relevant health authorities.
To keep our employees and customers safe, we conduct frequent and extensive cleaning in our UC Baby franchise locations with special attention to high-touch areas. UC Baby management and staff are also trained to practice social distancing, increase hand washing, and staying home should they feel ill.
The Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low here in Canada. As of writing, our franchise locations will remain open until there is any advise from our health authorities to close the health-related facilities for everyone’s protection.
We will continue to take proactive efforts to protect our customers, staff and our community. Let us all continue to support each other during this time.
Preventing the Spread of Germs
The transmission of the infection can be reduced by following these steps:
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
- If you are sick with flu-like illness, it is recommended that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine).
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. After using a tissue, throw it in the trash and wash your hands.
- Wash your hands rigorously (20 seconds) with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like flu.
- There is little evidence that wearing face masks provide effective protection. However if you are infected it is recommended to use mask when you are not under isolation.
Influenza (flu) can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Flu is different from a cold. Flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
- Fever or feeling feverish/chills
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
For confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 24 days after exposure. Symptoms can include:
- Breathing difficulties
- Runny nose
- Nausea and vomiting in rare cases
If you get sick, isolate yourself within home as quickly as possible and call your health care provider or public health authority. 80% of the people recover without any treatment.
For references and updates regarding COVID-19, you may check the following links:
The Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Outbreak Update page provides the most recent number of the confirmed cases and updates regularly.
Written by: Dr Tina Ureten, UC Baby President