The SSMU is closely monitoring the updates around the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and its mitigation measures. Although the Montreal region is seeing moderate levels of infection, we wish to act quickly and ensure that we are taking all precautionary measures to avoid risk while providing a unified message to our membership and McGill community.
A unified message is a stronger message and where safety is concerned there is no other way to communicate with our staff, membership and community. Therefore, we at the SSMU have been working in unison with McGill University by supplying similar messages to the membership and McGill community.
The coronavirus causes infections of the nose, throat and lungs. As per the Quebec Government Guidelines on Coronavirus, spread of the coronavirus commonly takes place due to an infected person through:
Current evidence suggests person-to-person spread of COVID-19 is efficient when there is close contact, which makes physical distancing an important prevention measure. The 2 metre (6 feet) physical distancing rule is based on the fact that respiratory droplets of relevant size can travel a few feet before falling to the ground or evaporating. Proper handwashing, cough hygiene and cleaning with an appropriate disinfectant are also key to limiting virus transmission.
As per the Quebec Government Guidelines on Coronavirus, common symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, fever and/or difficulty breathing, the onset of illness can be very subtle with slight breathing difficulties or occasional cough without fever. In some cases, individuals temporarily lose their sense of taste or smell.
Those who are infected with COVID-19 may have little to no symptoms. You may not know you have symptoms of COVID-19 because they are similar to a cold or flu.
Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19. Recent evidence indicates that the virus can be transmitted to others from someone who is infected but not showing symptoms.
This includes people who:
All members of the McGill community must commit to self-isolate at home upon the slightest appearance of such symptoms. It is much less detrimental to lose a few days of class, work or experiments out of an excess of caution than to cause others to fall sick.
While engaged in activities with others in your proximity please put to practice safety measures by participating in frequent and effective handwashing, coughing, and sneezing hygiene. Keep areas clean for others and yourself by cleaning with appropriate disinfectant. These are key elements to limiting virus transmission.
See the below listed information courtesy of McGill University:
Additionally, please see resources and information provided by the federal and provincial governments: