Covid-19
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With the spread of the COVID – 19 in many countries, Alpha International is maintaining it’s commitment to keeping our stakeholders and community informed of updates and useful information about the novel COVID – 19 corona virus.

Alpha International Academy believes reliable information is essential in order to properly deal with this evolving situation and prevent misinformation. This information resource center will share information from trusted sources of information, such as World Health Organization, Toronto Public Health, and the Ministry of Health Canada, and it will be consistently updated. You will also be able to find useful resources and links to organizations that are reference in the COVID – 19.

Update: March 19, 2020

All classes are now delivered ONLINE. Students must attend online classes as attendance will be taken.

Toronto Public Health (TPH) has had 102 cases of COVID-19 reported in Toronto. Ten of these people are hospitalized and of these, four are receiving care in the Intensive Care Unit. To date, there have been five other people diagnosed with COVID-19 who have recovered from their illness.

This data was extracted from the integrated Public Health Information System at 1 p.m. on March 18, 2020. The numbers may differ from other sources, as data are extracted at different times.

Source: https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/health-wellness-care/diseases-medications-vaccines/coronavirus/

If you feel sick, call Toronto's Health Department at 416-338-7600 on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

As of March  16th, Toronto Public Health (TPH) is monitoring 76 positive cases of COVID-19 in Toronto. To help slow the rate of COVID-19 infection, the City of Toronto has cancelled programs and closed a number of facilities.

As of March 11th, the World Health Organization made the assessment that Covid-19 can be characterized as a pandemic, which means that the disease is spreading worldwide. 

Toronto Public Health (TPH) is monitoring 18 positive cases of the novel coronavirus: COVID-19 in Toronto. 

As of March 9th, Toronto Public Health (TPH) is monitoring 17 positive cases of the novel coronavirus: COVID-19 in Toronto. To date, there have been three other confirmed cases reported in Toronto. All three of these people have since recovered from their illness.

As of March 5th, Toronto Public Health (TPH) is monitoring 9 positive cases of the novel coronavirus: COVID-19 in Toronto. To date, there have been three other confirmed cases reported in Toronto. All three of these people have since recovered from their illness. At this time the virus is not circulating locally.

Source: https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/health-wellness-care/diseases-medications-vaccines/coronavirus/

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:

 

  • Fever
  • Tiredness
  • Dry cough

Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

WASH YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY 

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

 

Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

 

MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

 

Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

 

AVOID TOUCHING EYES, NOSE AND MOUTH

Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

 

PRACTICE RESPIRATORY HYGIENE 

Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

 

Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

 

IF YOU HAVE FEVER, COUGH AND DIFFICULTY BREATHING, SEEK MEDICAL CARE EARLY

Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.

 

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.

 

STAY INFORMED 

Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

 

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.

 

If you have cold-like symptoms, you can help protect others by doing the following:

  • stay home while sick
  • avoid close contact with others
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands
  • clean and disinfect objects and surfaces

Coronavirus infections are diagnosed by a health care provider based on symptoms and laboratory tests. In some cases, travel history may be important.

If you have any questions or feel sick, call Toronto's Health Department at 416-338-7600 on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • What is a coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans.  In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.

 

  • What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

 

  • How does COVID-19 spread?

People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick.

 

  • What can I do to protect myself and prevent the spread of disease?

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
Keep up to date on the latest COVID-19 hotspots (cities or local areas where COVID-19 is spreading widely). If possible, avoid traveling to places  – especially if you are an older person or have diabetes, heart or lung disease.

 

  • Should I worry about COVID-19?

Illness due to COVID-19 infection is generally mild, especially for children and young adults. However, it can cause serious illness: about 1 in every 5 people who catch it need hospital care. It is therefore quite normal for people to worry about how the COVID-19 outbreak will affect them and their loved ones.

 

  • Who is at risk of developing severe illness?

While we are still learning about how COVID-2019 affects people, older persons and persons with pre-existing medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, cancer or diabetes) appear to develop serious illness more often than others. 

 

  • What's the best way to protect myself?

The most effective ways to protect yourself and others against COVID-19 are to frequently clean your hands, cover your cough with the bend of elbow or tissue and maintain a distance of at least 1 meter (3 feet) from people who are coughing or sneezing. See basic protective measures against the new coronavirus for more information.

 

  • How long is the incubation period for COVID-19?

The “incubation period” means the time between catching the virus and beginning to have symptoms of the disease. Most estimates of the incubation period for COVID-19 range from 1-14 days, most commonly around five days. These estimates will be updated as more data become available.

 

  • How long does the virus survive on surfaces?

Studies suggest that coronaviruses (including preliminary information on the COVID-19 virus) may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. This may vary under different conditions (e.g. type of surface, temperature or humidity of the environment). If you think a surface may be infected, clean it with simple disinfectant to kill the virus and protect yourself and others. Clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose.

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