It should come as no surprise that safety is always our top priority at AIP. We believe strongly that prevention is always the best safety policy to follow. With this in mind, we want to take a moment to shine a spotlight on the recent viral outbreaks.
We are only a few months into the COVID-19 outbreak, and we are already seeing swift changes in the severity of this virus. While it COVID-19 seems to be at the core of most conversations this week, there are still more questions than answers. Here's what you need to know about COVID-19.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a novel infectious disease that can cause respiratory illness and flu-like symptoms.
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
Common signs of infection include a cough, difficulty in breathing, and a fever. These symptoms can range from mild to severe and usually build gradually. Some people don't have any symptoms at all. Some people also develop aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, or sore throat.
About 1 in 6 people become seriously ill and develop difficulty breathing, according to the World Health Organization.
Symptoms may appear anywhere between 2 to 14 days after exposure, with the average patient seeing onset at around five days, according to the Centre for Disease Control.
If you experience fever, cough, and shortness of breath, or other flu-like symptoms please contact your doctor or 811 for the latest information on isolation and testing criteria.
How COVID19 is Spread
You can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. Like the flu, it is spread from person to person through small droplets from a cough or sneeze. If someone with the virus coughs or exhales and is within close range, you could catch it by breathing in droplets of infected fluid. You can also catch it by touching contaminated surfaces or objects. This is why it is important to keep surfaces and your hands as clean as possible.
This disease is not airborne and cannot spread through the air over long distances.
Who is most at risk?
Older people and pregnant women seem to be more vulnerable, as are those with weakened immune systems or an underlying health condition such as diabetes, heart and lung disease.
Most people (about 80%) will recover from the disease without needing special treatment. The remaining 20% of the population will have more severe symptoms and may require oxygen or ventilation.
How to prevent COVID-19
The easiest and best way to stay safe is to prevent COVID-19 is to follow guidance from public health authorities. This includes:
- using good hygiene practices, such as frequent hand washing
- covering coughs and sneezes by coughing or sneezing into a tissue or your inner arm
- avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- staying at home and away from others if you are feeling ill
- contacting your primary health provider or Health Link 811 if you have questions or concerns about your health
Should I wear a medical mask?
If you are coughing or have other respiratory symptoms, wearing a mask can help prevent you from passing illnesses on to other people around you.
If you are healthy, medical masks are not recommended. These masks don’t provide full protection and can create a false sense of security.
What is AIP doing?
Although the risk to Albertans is still low, we are actively monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.
As we all adjust to this new circumstance, we want to highlight a few precautions we are taking:
- Enhancing our cleaning procedures. We have already started introducing enhanced cleaning protocols in our office and classrooms, with particular focus on high traffic and high contact areas. Viruses are easily eliminated by routine surface cleaning and the cleaning products we use are high-quality disinfectants.
- No longer sharing reusable items. All reusable glassware, utensils, and cups throughout our office and classrooms will be temporarily replaced with biodegradable disposable items.
- Encouraging employees to self-isolate as needed. We are encouraging all of our employees who have recently traveled, who don’t feel well, or who have come in contact with someone with COVID-19 to stay at home. This will help prevent further spread of the virus.
- Preparing plans for future events. We recognize that this is an evolving story, and we are committed to keeping our staff, partners and students safe. Currently, there are no changes to our planned training schedule. If any plans change or if classes need to be canceled due to COVID-19, we will notify all attendees in advance.
- Allowing students to reschedule. Every accommodation within reason will be made to reschedule student that may become infected or required to isolate due to illness.
To protect yourself and others, we ask that if you are feeling sick please refrain from visiting our offices or classrooms. Again, we continue to monitor this situation closely and will provide ongoing updates as needed.
AIP Safety is committed to providing a safe learning environment for students to attend. Thank you for doing your part to keep our community safe.