As we continue to closely monitor the ever-changing situation around COVID-19, our primary focus is on the safety and well-being of our clients, our employees, and their families, as well as the public. We want to get back to normal life and work as much as everyone else, which is why we are taking extra precautions.
WHAT IS COVID-19?
Also known as, coronavirus disease, it is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause illness in animals or humans. Several are known to cause respiratory infections, ranging from the common cold to MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) and SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.
Although the disease is known to mimic symptoms of a common cold or flu, this is not an influenza virus.
Common symptoms include fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Other symptoms have also been reported, such as aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat and lost sense of smell and taste. There are also numerous cases of asymptomatic people carrying the virus, meaning they are not showing any symptoms.
Older people, and those with underlying medical issues such as high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, and asthma, have been at a higher risk of developing serious illnesses. As we’ve seen, this does not mean seemingly healthy people can’t develop serious illnesses due to COVID-19.
HOW DOES IT SPREAD?
COVID-19 spreads from person to person through small respiratory droplets that originate from an infected person’s nose or mouth. These can be spread by coughing, sneezing, wiping your nose, etc.
The small droplets then either land on someone, or on a surface where they are picked up by the next person to touch it. This is why you need to wash your hands and refrain from touching your face. The virus cannot enter your body when it is on your hands. It needs to reach the mucus in your mouth, nose or eyes to infect you.
Studies to date have suggested the virus is NOT airborne.
HOW DO WE PREVENT THE SPREAD?
Regularly, and thoroughly, clean your hands using an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
Why? This will kill any of the virus that is on your hands by destroying its protective fatty layer.
Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) of distance between yourself and others, especially if they are coughing or sneezing.
Why? If you are close to someone when they sneeze or cough, you can breathe in potentially infected respiratory droplets.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Why? If your hands are carrying the virus, once you touch your eyes, nose or mouth you allow the virus to enter your body.
Follow proper respiratory hygiene by covering your mouth and nose with a bent elbow or tissue, when coughing or sneezing. Dispose of the tissue immediately.
Why? This is to protect the ones around you as respiratory droplets, from coughing or sneezing, can carry the virus.
Stay home if you can, especially if you are feeling at all unwell.
Why? Preventing the amount of people coming in contact with others is the most effective way to prevent the spread and flatten the curve. This will help prevent uncontrollable burdens on healthcare systems.
Self-isolate if you’ve traveled or you’ve been in contact with someone who has tested positive, has traveled, or is showing symptoms.
Why? The incubation period, or the period between catching the virus and seeing symptoms, is estimated to be 1-14 days. You can also be carrying the virus without showing or experiencing any symptoms.
Keep up to date with local information.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information about the situation in your area.
If you have a fever, dry cough or difficulty breathing, contact Health Links (in Manitoba) for more information and to see if you qualify for testing.
JOB SITE PROTOCOL
Only one technician will be allowed on site at one time to ensure social distancing.
All employees will be required to:
Wear a minimum PPE of a mask and gloves.
Submit a workspace evaluation.
Keep their workspace to a minimum, avoiding unnecessary contact with surfaces, etc.
Stay home and self-isolate if they are feeling ill.
Stay home and self-isolate if they have traveled, or are living with someone who has traveled, within the last 14 days.
Currently, the Manitoba Government has asked for non-essential work to stop until April 14, 2020 to avoid unnecessary contact between people. As a lot of our work involves both essential & non-essential work inside people's homes, vehicles, and hospitality establishments, the following changes have been made:
All non-essential work in occupied spaces, including homes, apartment suites, hotel rooms, and vehicles, has been postponed.
Any essential work within an occupied space will be scheduled on a case-by-case basis and will require a Pre-Screening Form to be filled.
This form will include questions such as, “has anyone in the home travelled outside of Manitoba recently?”, and “is anyone living in the home experiencing any illness?”
Any non-essential work that can be completed in our shop will proceed as long as contactless pickup and delivery can be arranged.
This includes small furniture repair, refinishing, etc.
We are always available online if you are looking for a quote on a project, tips on how to protect damage until we can repair it, or if you need advice on if you should repair or replace.
As this situation is constantly changing, we will continue to monitor and assess the information from the Government and provide new updates or information as needed.
NEED MORE INFORMATION?
Here are some helpful sites to find more information on this pandemic: