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 Good morning, COR family!

As we enter another week, it's important for us to remain positive, stay healthy, and to celebrate all the goodness occurring within our community amid these difficult days. Finding meaningful ways to connect with friends, neighbors and colleagues to let them know you are here -- and you care -- is what will get us through this!

As we continue to adhere to the advice of public health officials, the leadership of COR remains dedicated to doing all we can to keep our COR family safe, healthy and engaged! We have launched a number of daily challenges, educational initiatives, activities, videos and partnerships to promote wellness and keep you informed, while providing opportunities for connection in your day-to-day support -- be sure to check out the COR and Inclusion Regina social channels, or request to be part of our private Facebook group. Your energy and optimism is quite inspiring!

Below are our some important tips for COR Supports to reduce the spread of covid-19 to/from work or your home:

  • Limit the number of personal belongings you bring into the home of the person you are supporting.
  • Consider leaving a pair of shoes at the home to use while supporting.
  • Sanitize personal items, such as cell phones and water bottles, when you arrive and leave.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water immediately upon entering and prior to leaving your support time.
  • Refrain from wearing jewelry and keep fingernails trimmed short.
  • Bring a pair of clean clothes to change into before going home; or change out of your clothes immediately upon arriving home.
  • Shower at least once daily.
  • Wash clothing on the warmest recommended setting and dry completely:
    • Avoid shaking dirty laundry as you may disperse the virus into the air.
    • Consider lining a clothes hamper to further limit transmission.
  • If using a cloth mask while supporting, remove properly (see below) and place in a bag to take home and wash; be sure to wash after each use in HOT water and dry completely.
  • Regularly disinfect doorknobs and light switches at entryways and around the home.
  • Routinely clean/disinfect vehicles:
    • Door handles (inside and outside)
    • Steering Wheel
    • Seatbelts and buckles
    • Consoles, buttons, dials, etc.
Reminder: Try to go directly home after supporting; limit the amount of contact you have with people in a day to essential contacts only. Be sure to wash your hands frequently with soap and water; remember to apply lotion after washing to prevent dry hands.
 

Tips for wearing handmade washable cloth masks:

  • Handmade, washable masks alone are not an adequate barrier to viruses; if your mask allows for the insertion of a disposable filter (such a coffee filter, folded kleenex or toilet paper -- non-woven materials), be sure to apply this insertion for additional protection.
  • Handmade masks serve to primarily protect the wearer from their own hands (given it is estimated we touch our face on average 20 times/hour).
  • The removal of the mask is very important; as the outside of the mask may contain the virus, it is essential to remove by the elastic band, placing it directly into a bag to be transferred to a washing machine. It is important to wash your hands immediately after removing the mask.
  • The mask provided is yours to keep -- please do not share with others and take home with you after your support time.

Remember, be a role model for 'Good Hand Hygiene'!

Respectfully,
Michael & Jim

Click here for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 from the Government of Saskatchewan. 

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Clean and Disinfect
The first thing you'll want to know is that cleaning and disinfecting are two very different things. The CDC recommends we all do a bit of both, even if nobody in your home is sick.

Cleaning is about removing contaminants from a surface, while disinfecting is about killing pathogens.  Do both daily if anything (or anyone) has entered or exited your home.

Transmission from person-to-person is a much greater risk than transmission via surfaces, but the CDC recommends we clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in our homes at least once daily just to be safe, assuming we have had contact with the outside world in some way, either a person leaving and returning, or goods coming in.

Target Your Home's High-Touch Surfaces
Researchers have found that the novel coronavirus is capable of living on surfaces such as cardboard for 24 hours, but up to two or three days on plastic and stainless steel. So disinfecting high-touch surfaces is a step we should all take.

High-Touch Surfaces to Clean and Disinfect Daily:
  • Table surfaces
  • Dining chairs (seat, back & arms)
  • Kitchen counters
  • Bathroom counters
  • Fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washer & dryer handles
  • Faucets and controls
  • Toilets (seat & handle)
  • Light switches
  • Blinds, curtain cords, wands & chains
  • TV remote controls
  • Game controllers
 
First Clean, Then Disinfect
First, clean the surfaces, removing any contaminants, dust, or debris. You can do this by wiping them with soapy water (or a cleaning spray) and a hand towel. Then, apply a surface-appropriate disinfectant. The quickest and easiest way to do this is with disinfecting wipes or disinfectant spray.

That’s it! Just adding these to your daily routine can help lower the risk of infection for you and anyone else in your household.
 

Cleaning Essentials:
  • Disinfecting wipes (Clorox, Lysol, or store brand will do)
  • Disinfectant spray (Purell, Clorox, Lysol, all make sprays that will work)
How to Make Homemade Bleach Disinfectant Spray:
  • 4 teaspoons household bleach
  • 1 liter water
  • Pour both into a spray bottle, shake vigorously
  • Spray on surface to disinfect, let sit for 10 minutes, wipe away with wet cloth.
Reminder: Bleach is excessive in most cases. You should never ever mix bleach solution with any other cleaning chemical; it's likely to damage or discolor sensitive surfaces. Use it as a last resort if you can't source or acquire any other kind of disinfectant. With bleach, remember to wear gloves, open your windows (ventilation is your friend), and be careful.

How to Disinfect Your Phone or Tablet
Disinfect an iPhone or Android phone with a disinfecting wipe or alcohol solution (at least 70 percent). Make sure you pay special attention to the screen, the buttons, and anywhere dust and pocket lint tend to get trapped. Also make sure you remove any case that’s on your phone or tablet, clean underneath, put it back on, and clean the outside. Following the CDC recommendations for other high-touch surfaces in the home, a once-daily disinfecting isn’t going to hurt your devices.

How to Disinfect Your Computer
Laptop displays aren’t always made of glass (matte displays are plastic) so avoid using a disinfecting wipe on the screen, just in case. The display should be cleaned with isopropyl alcohol (70 percent) solution and a soft towel. Make sure you wipe down the keyboard, the trackpad, the exterior, and where your wrists rest on the laptop.

Most desktop computers are already in need for a cleaning. The best way to do that is with a disinfecting wipe or isopropyl alcohol solution and a soft towel. Again, avoid disinfecting wipes on the monitor, just in case—stick to isopropyl alcohol there. But otherwise, just make sure you wipe down the mouse (top, sides, and bottom), the keys on your keyboard, the exterior of the keyboard, and any mousepad you might have.

Don't Forget Accessories
For any other electronic device, if the exterior is largely plastic (gaming mice, gamepads, TV remotes) it’s safe to give them a once-over with a disinfecting wipe or isopropyl alcohol solution.


Sources:
How to Protect Yourself?
How Long Does the Coronavirus Last on Surfaces?
Homewood Health Covid-19
Homewood Health Covid-19
Homewood Health Covid-19
Germs are all around you!
Homewood Health Covid-19
Homewood Health Covid-19
About Corona Virus Disease (Covid-19)
Protect Yourself and Others

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