Alert – COVID-19

2020-03-16

 

To: All Stern Labs Employee’s and Visitors

 

 What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a form of coronavirus believed to have originated in Wuhan, China. Those who are infected may have little or no symptoms. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to a cold or flu and include fever, fatigue, cough and difficulty breathing. In severe cases, COVID-19 may cause pneumonia, kidney failure and death. According to guidance published by Health Canada and the World Health Organization as of the date hereof, symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19. Most people recover from COVID-19 without needing special medical treatment. The likelihood that a person will become severely ill as a result of COVID-19 is higher in elderly people and people that have a weakened immune system.

 

Current affected areas

The following geographic areas are identified as affected areas: China, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong, currently have the most cases, but the World Health Organization (WHO) classifies COVID-19 as a pandemic, and cases are expected to spread around the world. Ontario currently has dozens of confirmed cases, and there are likely many more not yet identified.

 

How to protect yourself

Corona viruses are spread mainly from person to person through close contact, for example, in a household, workplace or health care centre. There is no vaccine available to protect against the 2019 novel coronavirus.  There are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses. Take these everyday steps to reduce exposure to the virus, protect your health and slow the spread through the community:

 

  • wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • sneeze and cough into your sleeve
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • avoid contact with people who are sick
  • stay home if you are sick
  • avoid travel to affected areas and also avoid dense gatherings

 

What to do if you notice symptoms: 

  • contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or your local public health unit if you experience symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus
  • stay at home and avoid close contact with others, including those in your home. If directed to self-isolate, stay at home for 14 days
  • contact your local public health unit within 24 hours to arrange for a test

 

 

VISITORS TO STERN LABORATORIES

Taking extra precautions in allowing visitors to enter our workplace is important for us in limiting exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace. Stern Labs has the right to ask visitors to provide information in advance as to whether they have flu-like symptoms, have been in contact with anyone infected with COVID-19, or travelled to a high-risk area. If a visitor answers affirmatively to any of these questions, Stern Labs may consider requesting the visitor not come to our workplace until they have been asymptomatic for 14 days or can provide a clearance letter from a physician. Stern Labs may also ask any visitor to provide their contact information in the event that COVID-19 develops in the workplace and the visitor may have been exposed to COVID-19.

 

 

 

 

*The above Information was provided from the website below dated 2020-03-16 (For more information, click the link below):