I trust this letter finds you and your families well and in good health. I’d like to take this opportunity to remind you of the great importance of respecting the public health guidelines issued by your local and national authorities. During this exceptional and unprecedented COVID-19 global health crisis, following these necessary and basic health and social distancing precautions not only reduces and delays the spread of the virus, but more essentially, can save lives.
The World Health Organization as well as the Public Health Agency of Canada and Canadian public health experts recommend applying some of the following essential guidance and good practices:
- Frequently washing your hands or using an alcohol-based rub and not touching your face (eyes, nose and mouth).
- Practicing social distancing (i.e. it is advised that 2 meters is maintained between yourself and another person outside the home).
- Practicing respiratory hygiene (covering your mouth with your bent elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze and immediately disposing of the used tissue).
- Practicing home quarantine (or self-isolation).
- Practicing environmental cleaning by maintaining a clean home.
- Immediately contacting your local health authorities if you or anyone in your household develops the following symptoms: fever, cough, difficulty breathing.
Please note that these are only general guidelines and that any or all of these measures are subject to change as new information emerges on the virus. In addition, the good practices outlined above may vary by city, province and country. Therefore, it is recommended that these guidelines are interpreted and applied within the context of the measures currently implemented by your local/national public health authorities.
On a final note, I’d like to remind everyone to be considerate of others (and other families) when purchasing essential supplies and ensure only to buy as much as is needed (and not in excess).
Please accept my very sincere wishes of safety, security and good health to you and your loved ones as we combat this virus.