How Can We Help?
Many of you have had some great ideas of how to help, or are seeing creative ideas from others of how to help! Many of our own Cornerstone families are in self-isolation for 14 days after travelling, or because they are more elderly with underlying health issues.
Are you self-isolating and need help with grocery or other necessity delivery? Or are you willing to help with delivery? Do you have any other creative ideas for how Cornerstone can be a shining light in Niagara at this time? Click below and please let us know--if you need help; would like to help; or have other creative ideas.
As there's been new terms lately like "Social Distancing" and "Self-Isolation" we thought it might be helpful to share how the government of Canada defines these terms so we're all on the same page with terminology and what the government is talking about.
Together, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 by making a conscious effort to keep a physical distance between each other. Social distancing is proven to be one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of illness during an outbreak. With patience and cooperation, we can all do our part.
What does Social Distancing mean? This means making changes in your everyday routines in order to minimize close contact with others, including:
- avoiding crowded places and non-essential gatherings
- avoiding common greetings, such as handshakes
- limiting contact with people at higher risk (e.g. older adults and those in poor health)
- keeping a distance of at least 2 arms lengths (approximately 2 metres) from others, as much as possible
Here’s how you can practice social distancing:
- greet with a wave instead of a handshake, a kiss or a hug
- stay home as much as possible, including for meals and entertainment
- shop or take public transportation during off-peak hours
- conduct virtual meetings
- host virtual playdates for your kids
- use technology to keep in touch with friends and family
- use food delivery services or online shopping
- exercise at home or outside
- work from home
- wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your face
- cough or sneeze into the bend of your arm
- avoid touching surfaces people touch often
For travellers without symptoms returning to Canada. While outside of Canada, you may have come in contact with the virus that causes COVID-19
For the next 14 days:
- self-isolate (stay home and keep your distance from others);
- do not have visitors, especially older adults, or those with medical conditions, who are at a higher risk of developing serious illness;
- monitor your health for fever (greater or equal to 38°C), cough and difficulty breathing;
- wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available; and
- cover your mouth and nose with your arm when coughing or sneezing.
Monitor your health:
- Difficulty breathing
If you start having symptoms of COVID-19:
- Separate yourself from others as soon as you have a symptom of COVID-19.
- Visit the provincial or territorial public health website where you are located for more information, including when to contact your public health authority.
Ontario: 1-866-797-0000 // www.publichealthontario.ca