Coronavirus (COVID-19): Preventive Measures and Hygiene
Over the past few days, many countries have been hit in various ways by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The World Health Organization (WHO) officially qualified the coronavirus outbreak as a pandemic on March 11, 2020. However, the Public Health Agency of Canada has stated that the Canadian healthcare system is ready.
The Government of Québec declared a state of public health emergency on March 13, 2020, but has stated that the spread of the coronavirus is under control and that it is taking all necessary measures to prevent it.
What is the Groupe Rouillier doing?
The Groupe Rouillier is committed to keeping the employees of its subsidiaries up to date on the situation. It has also taken several steps to limit the spread:
– Operations are continuing as usual. We do not expect that current contracts will be affected.
– As recommended by the provincial and federal governments, all employees are encouraged to take all the necessary precautions to prevent the virus from spreading. To that end, we have sent them a preventive emergency plan.
– Office employees are encouraged to work from home whenever possible.
– Travel abroad is not permitted.
– Visits to our offices are by appointment only.
As part of our employee assistance program, which includes a company doctor, we wish to share as much verified information as possible with our employees, partners and clients.
What is the coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Ensuring your own health, as well as the health of your families, must be your top priority. Coronaviruses generally cause respiratory infections. The main symptoms are:
– Breathing problems
Symptoms can be very mild and resemble those of a cold. Most people with these symptoms will recover without issue.
Ways to protect yourself and your family
Basic hygiene measures can help limit the spread. These include:
– Washing your hands with soap and warm water for approximately 20 seconds. You can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if you do not have access to water.
– Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze to prevent germs from spreading.
– Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with your hands.
– Avoid touching people when greeting (e.g. handshakes) and stay at least one metre away from people who are sick or showing symptoms.
3 key messages for preventing the spread of the virus
– Always cough or sneeze into the crease of your elbow.
– When you blow your nose, throw the tissue into the garbage right away.
– Wash your hands often with soap and water.
Frequently asked questions
Are masks and gloves recommended?
If you don’t have symptoms, wearing a mask is not one of the preventive measures recommended by the public health authorities. Masks are recommended for healthcare professionals and people who have already been infected.
As for gloves, they may create a false sense of protection. If you touch your face (near your nose or mouth) while wearing gloves, you will not be protected.
Should I be worried if I was in the same place as an infected person?
If you were not in direct contact (i.e. within one metre), you do not need to worry. However, stay alert for symptoms such as fever, coughing or breathing problems.
We would like to thank all of our employees, partners and valued customers for their cooperation in these difficult times. If you live in Québec and have questions, concerns or think you have symptoms of the coronavirus (COVID-19), please call the hotline at 1-877-644-4545.