At this point in time, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for the general population in Canada but this could change rapidly. There is an increased risk of more severe outcomes for Canadians:
- Aged 65 and over
- With compromised immune systems
- With underlying medical conditions
While a COVID-19 outbreak is not unexpected in Canada, our public health system is prepared to respond. PHAC, along with provincial, territorial and community partners, continues to reassess the public health risk, based on the best available evidence as the situation evolves.
The Current Corona virus Outbreak..
The Government of Canada website is stating the number of countries reporting cases of COVID-19 has been steadily increasing, and on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak to be a pandemic. This means the outbreak is now considered to be worldwide.
The Public Health Agency of Canada is recommending that travelers avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada.
Many countries are reporting community or widespread transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19. In some countries, travelers may have limited access to timely and appropriate health care should they become ill. Local authorities may impose control measures suddenly, including movement restrictions such as quarantine.
Older people and those with a weakened immune system or underlying medical condition(s) are at a higher risk of developing severe disease.
How corona virus spreads
Human corona viruses cause infections of the nose, throat and lungs. They are most commonly spread from an infected person through:
- respiratory droplets generated when you cough or sneeze
- close, prolonged personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
- touching something with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands
Current evidence suggests person-to-person spread is efficient when there is close contact. Any distance less than 2 to 3 meters can spread the virus between people so it is important to create the gap of interaction.
Proper Hygiene Combats Corona virus COVID 19
Proper hygiene can help reduce the risk of infection or spreading infection to others, wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the washroom and when preparing food.
Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. When coughing or sneezing it is important to do so into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand. Dispose of any tissues you have used as soon as possible in a lined wastebasket and wash your hands afterwards.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands, clean all high-touch surfaces frequently with regular household cleaners or diluted bleach (1 part bleach to 9 parts water).
Smart Homes Help Reduce Contact & COVID 19 Spread
If you have a smart home security and automation setup it may help reduce contact with the corona virus COVID 19 for you and your family. The simple fact that all your devices are automated and controlled by your cell phone, it highly eliminates the number of touches occurred on all your smart devices.
Lights, switches, lamps, door locks, thermostats & even garage door openers are high traffic devices that receive a lot of contact from family members simply to turn on and off or open and close actions. This can cause the transmission of the COVID 19 virus between family members without proper disinfection. With a smart home. these devices would not need to be touched to operate, the whole family would have access for operation simply from the action of their respective cell phone.
Video & Two Way Voice Allows Smart Interaction
With the current state of pandemic more and more people are self-isolating at their respective homes. Many Canadians are not answering their doors or accepting visitors due to the scare and outbreak that this disease has caused. This may seem excessive
but some of the concerns may be the elderly parents living in their homes or possibly new infant babies which are more susceptible to the extreme dangers of COVID 19.
Alarm Guard Security has been installing thousands of video cameras and doorbell cameras in Canadian homes across Canada for years. These simple add on to the smart home security systems have become resourceful in this time of chaos. Video and doorbell cameras allow homeowners to see and speak to visitors at their door without the risk of opening their doors.
Not only will it reduce homeowners physical interactions with people but offer recordings based on motion detection for those times that you might not be home or possibly sleeping. These great add on to the smart home industry have proven to be resourceful and in our time of need.
Alarm Guard Security currently offers a free doorbell camera included in their CONNECT package and it also offers a free security system.
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