Canada has reached a critical point in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. We as a country have the ability to flatten the curve of the current infection rate of COVID-19. As of March 23, 2020 at 6:00 pm EDT the Government of Canada recorded a total of 1646 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the country. In order to slow the acceleration of transmission, the public needs to continual monitor updates and consult reliable information. It is everyone’s responsibility to stay informed about the best ways to decrease the spread of this virus and protect our high-risk population.
Reliable Sources of Information
Recognizing reliable, scientifically backed sources of information from government announcements and sites will reduce the amount of misinformation being spread and help avoid misguided responses to the pandemic. This will give Canada and the entire global community the best chance of flattening the COVID-19 curve.
While we trust that no one intends to do harm by sharing information during this crisis, inaccurate facts may cause serious harm. Before sharing or taking information seriously, please check your sources. You can do this by looking at who or where the information came from. Is it a government site, a reputable organization or news source, are they citing real scientific research and documentation? These are important questions to ask when investigating your sources of information.
How to Stay up to Date
At this time, new developments are happening rapidly every day. It is best to tune into your government’s health authorities who are working around the clock to gather the latest information. In Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada and other provincial or territorial health authorities are reliable resources. The Government of Canada website has provided clear information about how to react to this pandemic that can be shared with family and friends. The best safety practice is still to stay home and wash your hands frequently.
We urge you to only share information, including posting via social media channels and word of mouth, that you are certain is reliable and works in collaboration with the government recommendations. We must unite as a country in our efforts to navigate through these uncertain times and limit creating unnecessary panic amongst the public.
In accordance with the recommendations in this article, all information gathered here is from the Government of Canada website. To view more reliable information on COVID-19, you can view our article on How COVID-19 Spreads and What You Can Do.
Stay Safe. Stay Home. We are all in this together!