To better support our clients and all businesses in our community we have prepared a few resources for free use. This situation is developing daily, we will continue to update this post as well.
All-Safe HSE is here for you – for further support including on site or remote meetings to review plans/hand washing techniques etc. Contact Us for further information.
COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Response
The Coronavirus family of viruses cause respiratory illness in people ranging from mild common colds to severe illness. In late December 2019 there was an outbreak of pneumonia cases in Wuhan City, China, which were identified to have been caused by a new type of coronavirus originating from a wildlife market in Wuhan (it is currently unknown which animal transferred the virus). The virus has rapidly spread and confirmed cases are being reporting in growing numbers internationally.
As with any newly identified virus, the situation is dynamic and rapidly shifting, and up-to-date information can be found through:
World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
Alberta Health Services: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16944.aspx
Symptoms and Transmission
COVID-19 symptoms appear within 2 to 14 days (incubation period) of exposure and generally include mild, respiratory flu-like symptoms beginning with fever and fatigue, followed by a dry cough and sometimes shortness of breath.
80% of cases are considered “mild”, however more serious cases can develop severe pneumonia, respiratory failure, multi-organ failure or even death. The risk of severe or critical complications and death increases drastically with age and the presence of pre-existing illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and hypertension. The death rate is still being determined, but is currently estimated at 3.4% by the World Health Organization (WHO).
In mild cases, symptoms last approximately two (2) weeks, and severe or critical cases range from three to six (3-6) weeks.
As with other coronaviruses, COVID-19 is spread primarily through airborne droplets that are inhaled or come into contact with the eyes, mouth or nose (mucous membranes). It is possible that COVID-19 can be spread by touching a surface or object with the virus on it then touching their own mouth or nose, however this does not seem to be the primary way it spreads.
Prevention & Planning Ahead
Although COVID-19 is not currently labeled by WHO as a pandemic, the situation is developing in a way that necessitates the implementation of the Prevention and Planning Ahead measures outlined in the Pandemic Response ERP
Managing the Situation
If you have questions regarding COVID-19 locally visit the AHS website and leave the 811 phone lines open for those that are seeking information in the event of personal illness.
Any person who is at risk of having COVID-19 according to the AHS COVID-19 Screening Criteria are being asked to self-isolate and call 811. Self-isolation means avoiding situations where you could infect other people, including social gatherings, work, school, athletic events, faith-based gatherings, healthcare facilities, grocery stores, restaurants, shopping malls, and all public gatherings.
Current as of March 10, 2020