CNAREA is keenly aware of the recent Corona Virus (CoVid-19) outbreak that has made its way to Canada. Although the risk of contracting the virus is minimal at this time, we want to make our members aware of the issue, proper methods to prevent contracting the virus, and what to do in the unlikely event that you come into contact with someone displaying symptoms.
Unfortunately, one of our members received a request from one of the AMCs, asking for a full appraisal on a property where the homeowner was under quarantine for the CoVid-19 Virus. Obviously, this request should not have been sent, and thankfully our member refused the order. We have been in contact with all of our AMC partners to ensure that this is an isolated incident, and to ensure the request does not get assigned to another appraiser.
The Government of Canada has an excellent website with information on Prevention, Risks, and general information on how the virus spreads. Please review this information regularly and keep abreast of developments and new information and the outbreak progresses.
How Coronavirus Spreads:
Human coronaviruses cause infections of the nose, throat and lungs. They are most commonly spread from an infected person through:
• respiratory droplets generated when you cough or sneeze
• close, prolonged personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
• touching something with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands
There are currently no vaccines available to protect you against human coronavirus infection.
In general, the following advice can help reduce the risk of infection or spreading infection to others:
• stay home if you are sick
• when coughing or sneezing:
**cover your mouth and nose with your arm to reduce the spread of germs
**dispose of any tissues you have used as soon as possible and wash your hands afterwards
• wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
• avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
• avoid visiting people in hospitals or long-term care centres if you are sick
• Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not accessible at the time
• If travelling, it is also a good idea to keep some sanitizer with you for frequent hand sanitizing and wipe down trays and arm rests
Stay safe, protect yourself and those you are in contact with by practicing quality personal hygiene!