Last week I provided you with information regarding the COVID-19 virus. Things have changed dramatically in Ontario over the last few days, from suspending sports seasons to toilet paper shortages to cancelling events and closing schools.
Prevention is still the key here, as is containing the spread of the virus. For up to date recommendations and information, I encourage you to explore the following websites:
- Wellington Dufferin Public Health
- Ministry of Ontario Coronavirus
- Government of Canada
- Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center & Map
In order to discourage the spread of infection, I am offering telemedicine appointments in lieu of in-office visits. Please indicate if you would prefer a phone consultation when booking your appointment, or send me an email to request a change and also include the best phone number to reach you.
If you have a cough, fever, and/or difficulty breathing, call the local Public Health unit for further direction and testing, 1-800-265-7293 x 7006. Be aware that there are currently high call volumes.
Your health is always our top priority! We will continue to monitor the latest recommendations and adjust our measures accordingly. In the meantime we encourage you to:
- wash your hands regularly
- sneeze and cough into your sleeve
- avoid touching your face, especially your eyes
- practice "social distancing" - avoid handshakes, large gatherings, or contact with persons who are sick
- self-isolate - stay home if you are sick, or if you have travelled in the last 14 days as a precaution (if can take several days after exposure for symptoms to show)
- be mindful of contact with higher risk individuals - persons over 70 years old, or with chronic health issues like high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, lung diseases, or who are immune-compromised
Yours in health,