(Alberta 365 News) – Coronavirus is spreading at a fast rate. As of 29 February, 14 cases have been reported in Canada. Everyone is wondering how to prepare for Coronavirus, should it hit Canada.

Majority cases reported in Canada have a linkage to people who recently travelled from Iran. A few days ago, the Coronavirus hit Iran very hard, amongst the infected people is the deputy Minister of Health.

The government seems to be working day and night to deal with Coronavirus. However, everyone ought to take affirmative action to self protect, so as to compliment government efforts. Taking safety precaution measures is a strategic necessity.

Here are some steps to prepare for Coronavirus Outbreak in Canada:

Check for Coronavirus Symptoms on yourself and family members

According to the World Health Organisation, “Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.”

It is therefore wise to check for Coronavirus Symptoms, not on yourself only but those close to you. Especially those who work and your school-going children. If any of your Children’s schoolmates recently travelled to countries with confirmed cases, advise the school management to get the child tested.

Nevertheless, schools maybe temporarily closed in the coming days, should the virus persist. But the idea is to eliminate the possibility of infection. 

Check for Coronavirus Symptoms on your animals

According to the World Health Organisation, “Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.  Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.” A dog with coronavirus was recently quarantined in Hong Kong.

It may be difficult to check your pets for symptoms. It is therefore much better to enlist the help of an animal health expert. Before getting them tested it may be wise to quarantine all your Pets until they have been certified Coronavirus free.

Advise people who recently travelled to Coronavirus infested countries to go for testing

Frequent and recent travels ought to test without fail. It may even be wiser, to test those who travelled as far back as three months ago. This may sound radical, but its always better to lean on the side of caution. 

Avoid Unnecessary Gatherings

When a virus like this is out and about seeking whom to devour, it is best to avoid unnecessary gatherings. Being amongst a large group of people increases your chances of caching the virus. Especially if some of the attendants are frequent travellers. 

Avoid Shops and Restaurants that import their raw materials

We are not advising to boycott certain shops or restaurants. However, if you know that a shop imports its raw materials, you probably do not know when they last got their batch of imports. The chances are that there is no infection but inclining towards caution is always the best choice.

Avoid Airports

It goes without saying that airports are the most vulnerable places for the scourge of Coronavirus. The travel ban of people from Coronavirus infested countries is only a measure to minimize the risk. 

Follow the news

The best source of information on the virus is reputable news sources. It is therefore wise to follow news from mainstream news organisations. 

Avoid social media fake news

There is a lot of fake news circulating on Social Media, including conspiracy theories and unfounded reports. All meant to raise alarm and despondency. You are better-of ignoring them.

Disclaimer: We are not health or coronavirus experts. We will therefore not be liable for any adverse effect that results from the information provided above. You should seek expert help before you act on any of the above-provided information. 

By Shephard Dube

Shephard Dube is a lover of writing. Ranging from educational to informational to fictional writing. He writes on various topics, including but not limited to finance, politics, economics, self-help and law.

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