COVID-19 is serious, and we want to contribute to limiting the spread of the virus. That means being thoughtful about how we operate as a company. There's a lot of great info online, so we pulled the best of what we found into this email, and shared it with the whole team.
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RE: Staying safe in 2020! Responding to COVID-19
In light of the current flu season and COVID-19 (Coronavirus 😷), here is an outline of how we're looking at, and planning for, this evolving issue.
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has assessed the health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for Canada. That being said, the situation is evolving quickly and the public health risk is being continually reassessed as new information becomes available. Please take note of travel advice that is continuously being updated by the Canadian government. We are making decisions and moving forward based on three guiding principles:
Here are some tips to keep in mind to stay healthy (thanks to Dr. James Robb, a professor of pathology at the University of California San Diego and one of the first molecular virologists in the world to work on coronaviruses in the 1970s):
Note: This virus is spread in large droplets by coughing and sneezing. This means that the air will not infect you! BUT all the surfaces where these droplets land are infectious for about a week on average - everything that is associated with infected people will be contaminated and potentially infectious. The virus is on surfaces and you will not be infected unless your unprotected face is directly coughed or sneezed upon. This virus only has cell receptors for lung cells (it only infects your lungs). The only way for the virus to infect you is through your nose or mouth via your hands or an infected cough or sneeze onto or into your nose or mouth.
Please let your Manager know if you will be traveling personally so we can help monitor risk. We recommend that if you travel to an area with COVID-19 cases reported (here is a summary report that is updated daily on weekdays for cases in the US), you self-quarantine for two weeks after travel. If you or someone that you live with is deemed high-risk, please inform your Manager and work from home.
If there is anything else you believe we can be doing, please share your ideas. All are truly welcome.
We will continue to update you as the situation evolves.
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