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Protecting our communities from COVID-19
(Milton, Ontario – March 13, 2020) We have been following the Public Health Agency of Canada’s updates on COVID-19 and as of today at 5pm EST there are 152 confirmed cases in Canada. While this is not a time to panic, it is recommended that we prepare, be informed and make decisions that will protect our family and communities at large.
COVID-19 spreads through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, through close personal contact such as shaking hands and touching something with the virus on it followed by touching your eyes, nose or mouth before washing hands. (source: Canada.ca/coronavirus)
The Government of Canada is advising Canadians to cancel or postpone any non-essential travel abroad. Our Executive Director has made the informed decision to cancel their family March break trip to Portugal. This is to avoid the increased risk of contracting COVID-19 abroad, to avoid the two week self-isolation period and to protect the vulnerable members of the community/family. Protecting our community is of the utmost importance to us at the Muslim Advisory Council of Canada.
COVID-19 does not discriminate across race, nationality, faith, gender or socioeconomic status. We believe all Canadians have an important part to play in order to prevent the spread of the virus. In order to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19 in the community, we are recommending:
PREVENTION: Washing hands, coughing into your sleeves and if you feel ill, self-isolate.
BE AWARE: The most vulnerable communities are the ones with weakened immune systems and those with underlying medical conditions. Practice precautionary steps if you must come into close contact with vulnerable persons.
TRAVEL: Cancel or postpone non-essential travel abroad as the Canadian Government has advised.
PRACTICING RISK INFORMED DECISION MAKING FOR MASS GATHERINGS
○ Mass gatherings can contribute to the transmission of respiratory pathogens, such as the virus causing the current outbreaks of COVID-19 (source: Canada.ca/coronavirus)
○ As per the Canadian Council of Imams and the Muslim Medical Association of Canada, suspend all Friday congregations (Jum’mah) until further notice
○ Avoid crowded spaces
STOCK UP: We recommend a few weeks supply of essentials, including medications. However, be considerate and only buy what you need.
CHECK UP ON YOUR NEIGHBOURS: Stay in contact with your family, friends and neighbours via phone, text and/or social media. We are only as strong as our community, so we should all practice being considerate and lending a helping hand as needed. Take extra precaution around the at risk community and check in often.
RESPECT: Healthcare workers along with health officials are at the forefront of this pandemic. Please be respectful, considerate and keep them in your prayers as they are literally putting their health on the line on a daily basis to keep the spread of this virus contained. They continue to show up to work despite the risks involved.
BE INFORMED: Find up to date on information about COVID-19: Canada.ca/coronavirus
We will be keeping a close eye on incoming updates about COVID-19 from the Canadian Government and the World Health Organization to keep you informed.
“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.”
CONTACT: Tabassum Wyne, Executive Director Muslim Advisory Council of Canada