您现在可能已经知道了，目前为止纽芬兰和拉布拉多省已有24例确诊和疑似新型冠状病毒 (COVID-19) 病例 (as of March 23rd, 2020)，主要分布在纽芬兰东部，中部和拉布拉多地区。已证明新型冠状病毒对免疫力系统低下的老年人危害尤其严重，我们身边都有家人和朋友属于这一高危人群。
Dear Members and Friends,
As you are likely aware now, the province of Newfoundland and Labrador now has 24 confirmed and presumptive cases of the COVID-19 disease (as of March 23rd, 2020), in Eastern Newfoundland, Central Newfoundland and Labrador region. This disease has thus far proven particularly harmful to senior populations, many of whom are our families and friends.
During these challenging times, the executives of CANL would like to reiterate the importance of the following steps, recommended by the World Health Organization, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Government of Canada, for everyone’s safety:
1) Regular, thorough hand washing – handwashing with soap or alcohol based products for at least 20 seconds helps to kill the virus that may be on your hands
2) Maintaining social distancing – maintaining a distance of at least 1 metre of 3 feet; NL government has recommended twice this distance for extra security
3) Self-isolate where needed – the province of Newfoundland and Labrador now requires all travellers returning internationally or from other provinces of Canada to self-isolate for minimum of 14 days, regardless of whether you are showing symptoms of COVID-19
4) Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth – these are entry points for the virus
5) Cover and contain coughs or sneezes – to keep droplets from entering air and potentially infecting others
6) Know the signs of COVID-19 – if you have a cough, fever and difficulty breathing, seek medical help immediately but ensure the receiving medical centre know of your arrival in advance to best prepare for isolation and treatment
7) Stay informed – the Province of NL and Government of Canada have been providing regular, daily updates for development in combating this disease. Please stay tuned where possible and remain calm and informed
8) Look out for scams – unfortunately fraudsters have been preying on the uncertainty surrounding this disease. Please remain vigilant and keep on the look out for nefarious intended emails, phone calls or social media contents that look to inspire fear and take advantage of those vulnerable.
For more information please visit World Health Organization (there is information available in Chinese), Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Government of Canada, and visit your preferred local or national news outlet.Please also do your part in ensuring seniors or other vulnerable people in our community are safe by checking up on them by telephone or messaging, and provide help in procuring essential food, medicine and other safety items only when necessary. Social distancing can be challenging but this is the choice that can save many lives if we unite in this cause. It is also imperative, although difficult, to ensure you limit or refrain visits between family and friends, including visits to grandparents, having coffee/tea with friends, potluck or other social gatherings that we are accustomed to. These are extraordinary times and with extraordinary cautionary measure we will prevail together.
If you have any questions or suggestions for the executives of CANL at this time please feel free to forward along and we shall do our utmost to assist in a safe and effective manner. Thank you everyone for your effort in helping all of us contain and protect ourselves, and we hope to see everyone again once we have weathered the worst together.