To tackle coronavirus, walk – and act – this way: André Picard
2020-03-24 from theglobeandmail.com
Can I go for a walk?
That seemingly simple question underscores the complexity of finding the right public health response (and messaging) during a pandemic.
So let’s try answering.
Right now, most Canadians can go for a walk. Or a run. Or walk the dog. If – and this is an important “if” – they are not in isolation.
You can go for a walk if you have not been diagnosed with COVID-19, if you don’t have a recent history of travel outside the country, and if you don’t have symptoms that could be COVID-19 (whether you have been tested or not).
In the past week, most, but still not all, provinces and territories have declared states of emergency. The laws, regulations and recommendations vary in every jurisdiction, and that’s unnecessarily confusing.
Essentially, Canadians are being asked/ordered to avoid large gatherings (10-50 being the maximum), non-essential travel is banned, the operation of non-essential services is restricted, and even access to restaurant and food stores is curtailed (take-out only, maximum number of customers at a time, etc.).
Most important of all is a strong and universal recommendation to practice social distancing, the now ubiquitous phrase that means maintaining, wherever possible, a physical distance of 1-2 metres from other people.
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