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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Saugeen Shores Pharmacist Provides Social Distancing Advice

Regional | by Megan Johnson  

One should maintain a two-metre distance, avoid play dates and everyone should be washing their hands and sanitizing high-touch surfaces

The Provincial Government mandated a limit of 50 people for public gatherings today (March 17) until March 31, to attempt to reduce a spike in new Coronavirus cases.

Saugeen Shores Pharmacist Kristen Watt says social distancing is meant to keep people safe.

"When we say 'flatten that curve' we don't mean that we're necessarily going to reduce the overall number of cases, we hope so, but what it means is we're going to reduce the spike of cases from those big groups where it could potential spread, so we don't overwhelm our medical system."

Covid-19 is spread through saliva droplets and Watt says the virus really appears to "really takes hold once you're exposed to it".

Watt says to practice social distancing one should maintain a two-metre distance and parents should avoid play dates and everyone should be washing their hands and sanitizing high-touch surfaces.

She says if someone goes into self-isolation due to a suspected case of Covid-19 it would be "advantageous" for them if they have their own bedroom and bathroom.

Even if you do not have symptoms of Covid-19, it is recommended to self-isolate for 14 days if you have travelled anywhere outside of Canada (including the United States of America).

If one is assisting someone in self-isolation for the 14-day period they're reminded to practice social distancing. 

"You can offer to bring over anything they need but I would be knocking and walking. I wouldn't be entering the home of someone who is isolating due to travel. A lot of the cases have been brought in via airplanes and cruise ships...that's a great group of people congregating where things can spread."

Public Health Grey Bruce is reminding the community to wash their hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer, stay home if you're sick, sneeze and cough into your sleeve, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth and avoid coming into contact with a person who is sick.

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