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COVID-19 Update

October 13, 2020 | Canada

COVID-19 Update

Given the escalating rates of COVID-19 across the country and the second wave of infections in certain regions, Jamati members are urged to maintain all public health guidelines for our collective safety.

Please remember that relaxing good safety practices not only puts you and members of your household at risk, but also, if you attend Jamatkhana, puts other members of the Jamat at risk. Let’s be vigilant and protect each other, especially the most vulnerable members of our Jamat.

Vulnerable populations - including older adults and those with chronic medical conditions - are reminded that they are at greater risk of more severe disease or outcomes and should exercise great care to protect themselves.

Please do not attend Jamatkhana if you are unwell. When attending Jamatkhana, please remember to:

  • Maintain a physical distance of 2 meters from others at all times
  • Avoid socializing in groups
  • Wear a mask at all times, fully covering your nose and mouth, both inside and outside, on Jamatkhana premises
  • Stay in assigned spots and not move unnecessarily

 

Safe Practices - A Reminder

 

Maintain Hand Hygiene

  • wash your hands regularly with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer with minimum 60% alcohol content, frequently
  • when coughing or sneezing, cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand
  • dispose of any tissues you've used as soon as possible in a lined waste basket and wash your hands immediately afterwards
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

 

Wear a Non-Medical Mask

Wearing a non-medical mask while out in public is recommended for periods of time when it's not possible to consistently maintain a 2-metre physical distance from others, particularly in crowded public settings, such as shopping areas, public transportation, stores and personal service settings. Ensure the mask fully covers your nose and mouth, that it fits well, and is not ventilated.

 

Practice Physical Distancing

Physical distancing is proven to be one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of illness during an outbreak. This means making changes in your everyday routines to minimize close contact with others, including:

  • avoiding crowded places and non-essential travel
  • avoiding common greetings, such as handshakes
  • limiting contact with people at higher risk, such as older adults and those with underlying medical conditions or weakened immune systems
  • keeping a distance of at least 2 arms-length (approximately 2 metres) from others
  • being mindful of public health guidelines limiting social gatherings to small numbers, especially indoors

 

Seek Medical Attention When Unwell

If you have any of the following COVID-19 related symptoms, seek medical attention:

  • new or worsening cough
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • temperature equal to or over 38°C
  • feeling feverish
  • chills
  • fatigue or weakness
  • muscle or body aches
  • new loss of smell or taste
  • headache
  • gastrointestinal symptoms (abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting)
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