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On May 5 2023, the WHO declared an end to the designation of COVID-19 as a global health emergency. This does not mean that it no longer represents a threat to global health. Rather, countries have been encouraged to transition to long-term management of the virus alongside other infectious diseases. It is anticipated that waves of COVID-19 will continue to appear in the future as new variants emerge, similar to influenza virus outbreaks. Much has been learned during the pandemic and we now have several ways of reducing the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19 infection (in addition to other infectious diseases), all of which will play a role as we move forward living with this new health threat. In general, these methods include:
- 1) Getting vaccinated, and staying up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations as updated ones become available. Get a “Flu Shot” each fall and stay up to date on your routine vaccinations.
- 2) Staying home when you’re sick
- 3) Wear a mask in public indoor settings, especially if you are at risk of more severe disease or outcomes or are in a crowded or poorly ventilated setting.
- 4) Improve indoor ventilation
- 5) Practising respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene
Peterborough COVID-19 Risk
Peterborough Public Health maintains a COVID-19 and Respiratory Virus Risk Index and Guidance for individuals and community businesses and organizations.www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca/covid-19-risk-index
The Medical Centre COVID-19 Infection Prevention And Control (IPAC) Measures
- • Screening for symptoms of COVID-19 and working to accommodate changes to appointment times or dates, or changing to virtual appointments if necessary.
- • Asking all people entering the building to sanitize their hands
- • Asking all people entering the building to wear a mask. Masks are provided at the building entrances.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Peterborough Public Health maintains a COVID-19 Vaccine Information website which has up-to-date information on everything related to COVID-19 vaccinations.www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/covid-19-vaccine-clinic