Medcan is well-positioned to keep our physical location free of COVID-19 infection because, unlike some other health care facilities, all of our client visits are booked in advance, as appointments. That means we’re able to screen all visitors before they arrive, either virtually or by telephone, for symptoms or high-risk travel histories. Clients who believe they may have the virus are being asked to opt for virtual medical appointments. In addition, Medcan is taking extraordinary steps to keep our location infection free, such as:
Please do not hesitate to reach out to our main line at 416.350.5900 for additional information.
More than 11 million face masks have arrived in Canada in recent days, including a shipment of one million masks that arrived at a Hamilton warehouse overnight. Workers are trying to quickly assess that they meet the needed standards, and that 10 million masks are already being distributed to provinces and territories. Prime Minister Trudeau stated that the government has ordered hundreds of thousands of face shields from Bauer, the company that normally makes hockey equipment.
A word about the “2 metre zone”…transmission of the COVID-19 virus can only spread by droplets that are coughed. The farthest these droplets can travel in an extreme coughing episode is 2 metres. Without coughing, droplets will not be created so the risk of infection is much lower. We need to remember this as we respond to people with symptoms including cough versus people that are not coughing.
The COVID-19 appears to only last on surfaces for 8-72 hours depending on the type of surface. So even without cleaning the surface with anti-viral cloths, most common surfaces found in an office setting may be safe in one day. That includes packages and letters.
Older adults and people with underlying health conditions are at increased risk of becoming severely ill. 75% of the deaths are accounted for by people who have pre-existing illnesses and 80% were over the age of 60. The average age of people who die from COVID-19 is 80 years. Children under age 15 have remarkably few symptoms if infected. We can expect to see thousands of Canadians die due to COVID-19 however this population is likely the same population that would have passed away due to Influenza A and B. This number was 3,500 last year in Canada.
By this time next year it is likely that 40 – 70% of Canada’s population will have been exposed to COVID-19. The real reason we are slowing down the inevitable spread is to protect our overstretched health system. Our hospitals are typically running at full occupancy with no surge capacity whatsoever, so by slowing down the growth in the number of cases, we are minimizing the impact on hospitals so that those most affected will have a better chance of doing well.
Here for you: Medcan is continuing to monitor the situation closely and will continue to provide updates on a daily basis. Protecting you and your family will always remain a priority as we work through this challenge together. Medcan clients with specific questions can call (416) 350-5900 for more information.