What We Know About COVID-19
Daniel Gerow | April 15, 2020
What Do We Know?
Canada, and the rest of the world knows all too well the potential severity of airborne viruses from SARS and H1N1 in 2003 and 2009 respectively. We also know that if we work together and follow the guidance of the government and healthcare professionals, the curve will flatten and we will get through this.
As Per The Government of Canada: Public Health Services
COVID-19 is a serious health threat, and the situation is evolving daily. The risk will vary between and within communities, but given the increasing number of cases in Canada, the risk to Canadians is considered HIGH.
This does not mean that all Canadians will get the disease. It means that there is already a significant impact on our health care system. If we do not flatten the epidemic curve now, the increase of COVID-19 cases could impact health care resources available to Canadians.
The Aim of This Post is Not to Elevate Fears Surrounding COVID-19.
During a global pandemic staying educated and avoiding incorrect or misinformation is essential to flattening the curve. We have gathered all of the data and information deemed integral to our continued day to day operations and developed this post to be a repository for you to easily find or access any relevant COVID-19 information you need.
We will continue to update this page as relevant information becomes available. We encourage you to visit your federal, provincial, or state Ministry of Health websites for the most accurate information on COVID-19.
Get the Facts on Coronvirus
In the video below, Dr. Peter Lin, a family physician in Toronto, ON Canada explains what the Coronavirus is and outlines all the facts you need to know.
How is the Coronavirus Spread?
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
- Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
- Maintaining good social distance (about 6 feet) is very important in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Spread from Contact with Contaminated Surfaces or Objects
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about this virus. CDC recommends people practice frequent “hand hygiene,” which is either washing hands with soap or water or using an alcohol-based hand rub. CDC also recommends routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces.
How Does this Information Affect how Day-To-Day Business Operations are Conducted?
The information below was discussed in our last Blog, Mobile & Paperless Operations During a Global Pandemic, but it is even more relevant today. The need for a solution to aid in essential business’ operations during this pandemic is more crucial than ever; Mobile Safety Software and Paperless Time & Labour Solutions can be that aid. In uncertain times like these it only makes sense that a mobile data collection and management platform can help streamline workflows and work to eliminate process bottlenecks.
Mobile Safety Software and Paperless Time & Labour Solutions
Nektar, a cloud-based, mobile data collection and management platform allows companies to complete their, traditionally paper based, Safety and Time & Labour forms / logbooks / timesheets on a tablet or mobile phone; effectively eliminating virus transmission through direct or secondary human contact. Eliminating the spread of COVID-19 is the most important objective in the world today, however, the increase in overall operational efficiency a company is able to gain by implementing a mobile data collection and management platform simply cannot be ignored.
With the excess Safety Meeting / Toolbox Talk data created by the limitation of mass gathering numbers, an easily implemented mobile data collection and management solution would be a welcome aid to most companies. The learning curve associated with Nektar’s platform is nearly non-existent; most of your field staff will know the ins and outs of the Nektar app within 10 minutes of use. The ease of use encourages continued use and will translate into your supervisors spending less time filling out traditional, paper safety forms / documents making for more streamline and efficient Safety Meetings / Toolbox Talks.
As we stated in our previous blog, Nektar does not want to appear as if we are trying to capitalize on the dire situation the world is in; that said, the essential businesses that remain open need to operate differently now than they did prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Modifying your operations to account for these situational changes will usually mean more work, more work means more time and greater expenses. Nektar is presenting its platform in hopes that we are able to use our technology to help other business work through these uncertain times.