Dear NWL Members:
As we enter March 2020 in the mist of this COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to reach out to you with suggestions and tips on how you and your watch area can remain safe and healthy.
COVID-19 Fraud Alert
Unfortunately, this pandemic is being seized by some as an opportunity to create new types of fraud. Be cautious of suspicious emails, especially those claiming to be from the government, financial institutions or the World Health Organization - especially if they require you to click on a link or provide personal information.
Remember, if the email makes you feel skeptical, if it seems too urgent, and consists solely of directing you to click a link, be cautious!
While it is important to protect the health & safety of our community, remember that Canada is doing quite well relative to other nations in terms of its COVID-19 response and cases. There is no need to rush to the grocery store and hoard items, or otherwise over react. Remember to show compassion for your fellow community members during these difficult times. With that in mind...
Social Distancing is not Social Isolation
There may be members in your watch who due to health reasons may not be able to go shopping, or might experience a shortage of certain necessities, such as toilet paper, milk, eggs, flour, etc... Be mindful of these members, and try to coordinate with fellow watch members to check in on these people. We do advise you to maintain social distancing, as checkins can be done over the phone or via email, and drop off of food and other items can be left outside the home to reduce the potential for infection.
Self-Isolate if Necessary
If you present COVID-19 symptoms such as a new or worsening cough, fever, or difficulty breathing, consult a physician. Additional resources such as Telehealth are also available to you. If you have travelled to a COVID-19 affected region in the past 30 days or you are in close contact with someone who has, please consider self-isolating for a period of 14 days.
Be Considerate of Parents
With school closures, many parents, particularly those that are unable to work from home, face limited childcare options. This may mean that more children are playing on the street, or that your neighbours may be in need of childcare options. Please be patient and considerate of young families in your watch areas during these difficult times.
Practice WHO Recommended Health Advice
WHO (World Health Organization) has an excellent page with practical COVID-19 tips. You can view them here.
Getting in Touch With Us
As part of our commitment to protecting the health of our community, our offices are closed until further notice. We remain available to you via email - firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you missed February (or any other newsletters), just visit https://nwlondon.ca/news/ to get caught up.