Here at Realcare we want to support you through this unparalleled time in modern history by offering well vetted information, recommendations, news and of course our services to the Winnipeg community at this time. Our doors are still open to provide you and your loved ones with with compassionate and dignified care at home or in hospitals and facilities.
Call our 24-HR number (204) 957-7325 for inquiries and services.
-Elba Haid - Founder
WHAT WE KNOW:
COVID-19 (novel corona virus) is a strain that has not been previously identified in humans, meaning there is no immunity. It seems to spread very easily from person to person, especially in homes, hospitals and other confined spaces. The pathogen can be carried on tiny respiratory droplets that fall as they are coughed or sneezed out.
WHO IS MOST AT RISK?
While it was previously thought that Covid-19 was only a real risk for Elderly community members, it has become clear that anyone can be susceptible to the virus. Depending on viral-load (How much virus you are exposed to) and overall health, anyone can have a serious case. While the Elderly and those with chronic disease/compromised immune systems are more at risk of having a life-threatening case of the virus, requiring hospitalization serious cases can occur in all age groups regardless of pre-existing conditions.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS AND WHEN TO SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION?
Fever, dry cough, fatigue, difficulty breathing. If you’ve been exposed to the corona virus or think you have, and exhibit symptoms, call Health Links 204-788-8667. They should give you advice on how to get tested and how to seek medical treatment without potentially infecting or exposing others. If you’re sick or think you’re sick, but only mildly ill, you should isolate yourself and shouldn’t leave your house except to go to the doctor.
HOW TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19:
The simplest and best advice may be, pretend you already have the virus, and act in a way to protect those around you.
Hand Washing, at least 20 seconds, scrubbing palms, back, between fingers, thumbs and nails. You should wash your hands more often than you think you need to.
Social Distancing- Deliberately increasing physical space around you. No handshakes or hugs, keeping 6ft of distance between you and other people who aren’t members of your household.
Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. Minimize touching of your eyes, nose and mouth.
Disinfect packages and groceries as they come into your household with disinfecting wipes or spray. Disinfect surface areas daily.
Keep your immune system strong- eat well, get ample rest, and try to reduce stress. This should include limiting one’s news consumption and rely on government updates instead of social media.
HOW LONG WILL THIS GO ON?
Unfortunately at this time, one cannot make predictions as information on this pandemic is being updated daily. Much as we would all like to resume our normal lives, it may be necessary to continue Social Distancing for your safety, and that of your neighbours for several more weeks at least. We will share the latest well-vetted information with you via our website. We all may grow tired of these restrictions on our lives but the stronger we commit to them now the sooner we will pull through this.
We hope to have more information soon regarding when testing will become widely available in Manitoba. The sooner our community cna be sampled and tested the better we will know where we stand and when daily life can resume.