Imagine that a deadly new virus has appeared in Canada. What steps and preventative measures could you personally take to avoid catching or spreading this virus?

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Depending on how contagious a pathogen is, you may not be able to completely eliminate the risk of contracting or spreading it. However, there are several crucial steps that health officials recommend to reduce your risk.

  1. Avoid close contact with infected people. This is probably the single most important thing you can do to avoid contracting a contagious disease.
  2. Regularly wash your hands with soap and water or use a disinfecting gel.
  3. Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes in order to prevent potential germs on your hands from getting inside your body.
  4. Disinfect commonly touched surfaces such as doorknobs and tabletops.
  5. When in public, wear a tight-fitting respirator mask such as an N95 or Kn95.
  6. Help your immune system by eating nutritiously balanced meals, getting the right vitamins, exercising, and getting enough sleep.
  7. If you think you may have been infected, isolate yourself and avoid close contact with other people.
  8. Research and follow the advice of local public health officials.
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Imagine a deadly new virus spreading in Canada. What steps would you personally take to avoid spreading this virus? List the preventative measures someone can take?

This is an important question. If you study the history of diseases, you will see that diseases spread rapidly at times causing much death and hardship. The reason for this quick spread is because there was a lack of quarantining people, who were contaminated. The most effective way to stop any spread is to isolate those who are infected from those who are not.

In view of this, the most appropriate steps to take is as follows.

First, you would want to locate what the disease is and how it spread. For instance, is the virus airborne, or does it need physical contact? Once this is determined, you can set a plan of action. Second, depending on the type of virus (and how it spreads), you will have to notify the people through all forms of media to get the word out. Third, from a more personal view, I would make sure that I wash my hands constantly. This might seem small, but it is rather effective. In addition, I would stay away from places where there are many people.

Finally, you will need to look for a cure and vaccine.

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Imagine a deadly virus has appeared in Canada. List eight preventative measures individual should personally take to avoid catching or spreading of the disease?

For a deadly virus, hopefully there is a vaccine.  Taking the vaccine would help a persons immune system organize a response to the virus should they catch it.  There are obvious things that would be helpful in combatting contracting such a virus.  One would be careful, methodical hand washing.  The use of hand sanitizer has been a recent development that is instituted in most public facilities.  The use of sanitizing towellettes on items used by the general public, such as shopping carts, would be a good idea.  Covering when one sneezes or coughs helps to reduce the spread of disease.  Keeping the temperature level at lower levels would cut down the incubation time for the virus.  The use of face masks to filter air breathed in would help screen out harmful pathogens.  And finally, avoid going to hospitals and emergency rooms unless absolutely necessary---that's where all the sick people are.

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