How coronavirus spreads
Human coronaviruses cause infections of the nose, throat and lungs. They are most commonly spread from an infected person through:
- close contact through respiratory droplets generated when you cough or sneeze
- direct contact with an infected person, personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
- contact with contaminated objects and surfaces, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands
Current evidence suggests person-to-person spread is efficient when there is close contact.
Difference between quarantine & SELF isolate
There is a difference between advice to quarantine and advice to self isolate. These measures are in place to protect the health and safety of Canadians.
Additional restrictions apply to travellers returning to Canada.
Here are the guidelines based on canada.ca HEALTH SERVICES:
Quarantine for 14 days if you have no symptoms and any of the following apply:
- you are returning from travel outside of Canada (mandatory quarantine)
- you had close contact with someone who has or is suspected to have COVID-19
- you have been told by the public health authority that you may have been exposed and need to quarantine
You must self isolate if any of the following apply:
- you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or are waiting to hear the results of a lab test for COVID-19
- you have symptoms of COVID-19, even if mild
- you have been in contact with a suspected, probable or confirmed case of COVID-19
- you have been told by public health that you may have been exposed to COVID-19
- you have returned from travel outside Canada with symptoms of COVID-19 (mandatory)
Canadians should continue to think ahead about the actions that they can take to stay healthy and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Canada. This includes staying at home as much as possible and being prepared in case you or a family member becomes ill. Everyone should be practising physical (social) distancing. Even if you do not have symptoms of COVID-19, you could become infected by others.
As we continue to see transmission of the virus within different communities, we know that everyone must take precautions, even those who have not travelled outside of Canada.
In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within communities and across the country, all Canadians are advised to:
- stay at home unless you have to go to work
- talk to your employer about working at home if possible
- avoid all non-essential trips in your community
- do not gather in groups
- limit contact with people at higher risk, such as older adults and those in poor health
- go outside to exercise but stay close to home
- if you leave your home, always keep a distance of at least 2 arms lengths (approximately 2 metres) from others
- household contacts (people you live with) do not need to distance from each other unless they are sick or have travelled in the last 14 days
You can go for a walk if you:
- have not been diagnosed with COVID-19
- do not have symptoms of COVID-19
- have not travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days
- are not in quarantine (self-isolating)
- are not isolating
If you go out for a walk, do not congregate and always practise physical (social) distancing by keeping at least 2 metres apart from others at all times.
MONITORING coronavirus & PRECAUTIONS
We have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) and Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) have assured us that the virus has no impact on parcels or packages due to poor survival rates of the virus living on surfaces. The risk of the virus spreading from products or packaging shipped over a period of days or weeks is relatively low. Currently, there is no evidence of the Coronavirus being transmitted by delivery or packages. At Pull-Thru Logistics, it is very important to us that we carefully monitor this pandemic to keep our customers safe. We have strict rules that we follow by doing a deep cleaning of the workstation and sanitizing the area. At Pull-Thru Logistics, there has been no history of any employee that has been affected by COVID-19.