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Help Stop Community Spread - While facing the crisis of the spread of COVID-19, it is essential to know that this virus is really transmissible and can spread easily from person to person even before a person develops symptoms. It’s carried on respiratory droplets when we talk, sneeze and cough and these can land on surfaces or in someone’s mouth or nose. When it comes to respiratory droplets, 6-12 feet is the magic distance. That’s how far these tiny, infected droplets can travel. Being within 6 feet of someone who is sick can get you or your personal space contaminated with COVID-19. When droplets land on surfaces, we can pick them up with our hands and transfer them to our eyes, mouth, and nose when we touch our faces. This is why hand hygiene is so important.

Good hand hygiene means washing our hands not just after we're using the restroom or before we're eating but regularly throughout the day. Respiratory secretions (like snot and sputum) are also infectious, so cover your coughs and sneezes, use disposable tissues, throw them away when you're done, and wash your hands afterwards. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends daily disinfection for frequently touched surfaces such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks. Products containing bleach, alcohol OR hydrogen peroxide are the best at killing off germs.

Avoid petting animals! Although companion animals like dogs and cats cannot contract or transmit COVID-19, please avoid touching animals that are not your own, nor allow anyone to touch your pets. If a person with the virus pets your dog, their infective germs may be left on the fur of the animal which can then spread to other people  petting,  including you! The American Veterinary Medical Association warns those ill with COVID-19 to limit contact with animals. Have another member of your household take care of walking, feeding, and playing with your pet. If you have a service animal or you must care for your pet, then wear a facemask; don’t share food, kiss or hug them; wash your hands before and after any contact.

Vancouver ecoVillage is a Non-Profit (Reg. S-0064663) dedicated to providing therapeutic services and mental health wellness for all. 

We rethink our habit patterns about how we live on this earth, of our food, power, garbage, housing, our animals and especially each other, at best to come into balance for ethical and survival reasons.

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