COVID-19

Business Bulletin
Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia



Coronavirus (Covid-19) is not yet of major concern in Nova Scotia, however; we should do as much as possible to prevent the potential spread of this virus & other cold related viruses. Below are two sections one for restaurants and then other more background information on Covid-19


Recommended Strategies for Restaurants:

Actively let patrons know that you are doing your part to keep them healthy

Actively encourage sick employees to stay home

Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene to all employees

Ensure there are extra paper napkins on tables for patrons that may have to cough or sneeze (make patrons aware)

Perform routine environmental cleaning (door handles, backs of chairs, stools, places were people hands come in touch with surfaces

Regularly wipe in & out doors of kitchen / serving areas on a regular basis

Clean portable credit card processing machines/ cash machines on a regular basis

Advise employees before travelling to take certain steps / precautions
For Employers & Employees
 
The Coronavirus (Covid-19)

The Coronavirus is actually like the common cold virus. There are many viruses that cause the common cold, the flu, etc. Coronaviruses are several different viruses that cause an infection in your nose, sinuses, or upper throat, and sometimes your upper respiratory system.

Almost everyone will contract a Coronavirus in their lifetime. Usually, you would get one of these viruses as a young child.

Know the facts, click here

Common Symptoms

The symptoms of a Coronavirus are so similar to other cold-causing viruses that you won’t know if you have a coronavirus or another virus such as the rhinovirus. The symptoms include:
·     Coughing
·     Runny nose
·     Sore throat
·     Sometimes a fever

If the virus spreads or you have a weak immune system due to pre-existing conditions, the virus can turn into pneumonia. The best way to determine if you have Covid-19 is to get tested.

What You Can Do
 
Because most Coronaviruses are not dangerous and spread like a common cold, you would do the same thing you would to avoid a cold. If you have a compromised immune system, it is even more important to do these things on a daily basis. 

Wash your hands: Wash your hands with running water and antibacterial soap. Stock up on soap because you are going to need it. 

Use hand sanitizer: If you don’t have access to soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol. Less than 60% will not kill the virus.

Limit contact with sick people: Try to stay away from people who are sick as much as you can. Additionally, keep your hands away from your eyes and mouth. 

Get plenty of rest: Not getting at least 7 hours of sleep per night can lower your immune system. This leaves you susceptible to getting the coronavirus. 

Drink Fluids: It is recommended to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. This helps flush any toxins from your body and keeps your immune system healthy.

Clean with bleach: One of the best ways to kill a virus is with bleach. Bleach pretty much cleans everything. So, mix up some bleach and water, spray those doorknobs, wash those toilet seats, and make sure you have sanitized everything.
 
Helpful hint for Bleach Solution for disinfecting?
Bleach (usually 5.25% or 6.00%–6.15% sodium hypochlorite depending upon manufacturer) is usually diluted in water at 1:10 or 1:100. Approximate dilutions are 1-1/2 cups of bleach in a gallon of water for a 1:10 dilution (~6,000 ppm) or 1/4 cup of bleach in a gallon of water for a 1:100 dilution (~600 ppm).Jun 1, 2011

Important Supplies to Have

Of course, many are worried about this virus becoming a pandemic because it is affecting people in other countries and moving into our country. Whether you think it will or not, it is always better to be prepared. For this virus, here are a few pandemic supplies you should have on hand:

Fever Medication: Ibuprofen, Tylenol, and Aspirin are good to store. Be sure to get for both adults and children.
A Humidifier: This helps break up the cough.Thermometer: You need to know if you have a fever.
Anti-nausea/Anti-diarrheal medication: Vomiting and diarrhea can cause dehydration quickly.  
Fluids with electrolytes: You can make your own with water. If sick, it is always important to prevent yourself from becoming dehydrated. 
Water: You always need lots of water whether you are sick or not. 
Face Masks: You can use face masks and rubber gloves to help prevent the spread of infection. (face mask are best for elderly and medical personnel)
Food Storage: Make sure you have enough food stored in case you cannot get out of the house for a couple of weeks. 
Bleach, hand soap, cleaners: Bleach kills just about everything and if you are washing your hands as you should, you will need plenty of hand soap.

More sources you can use from Restaurant Canada:






The Assessment Centres in NS for Covid-19:

The Cape Breton Regional Hospital in Sydney

Valley Regional Hospital in Kentville

South Shore Regional Hospital in Bridgewater

Yarmouth Regional Hospital

Colchester East Hants Health Centre in Truro

East Side Collaborative Practice in New Glasgow

Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre in Amherst

Cobequid Community Health Centre in Lower Sackville.