Information about COVID-19
While the risk to Canadians is still low in regards to COVID-19, it is natural to be concerned about our own exposure, including in our workplace. ECCC is committed to keeping all employees informed as the situation evolves.
Human coronaviruses cause infections of the nose, throat and lungs. They are most commonly spread from an infected person through:
- respiratory droplets generated when you cough or sneeze
- prolonged close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
- touching something with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands
In general, the following advice can help reduce the risk of infection or spreading infection to others:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
- When coughing or sneezing:
- cover your mouth and nose with your arm or a tissue to reduce the spread of germs
- immediately dispose of any tissues you have used into the garbage and wash your hands afterwards
- Notify your supervisor and stay home if you become sick, to avoid spreading illness to others.
- Avoid visiting people in hospitals or long-term care centres if you are sick
At ECCC, we are working collaboratively with the Treasury Board Secretariat and the Public Health Agency of Canada to monitor and respond to this evolving situation, in order to reduce the risk and protect the health and safety of all employees while at work.
To know more about COVID-19 and the latest updates, visit the ECCC: COVID-19 employee information page and the Public Health Agency of Canada’s website. Please note that these sites are regularly updated as new information becomes available.
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