As of August 1, 2020, there are 116,000 confirmed COVID cases in Canada, 101,000 Canadians have recovered, and tragically, 8,935 have died from the illness.
The facts from the medical community about this illness are very clear: common COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath, while muscle pain, chills and a sore throat are less common. The infection is typically spread from one person to another via respiratory droplets produced during coughing and sneezing. Time from exposure to onset of symptoms is generally between two and 14 days, with an average of five days.
Recommended measures to prevent infection include frequent hand washing, not touching one’s face, and avoiding close contact with people who are sick. If possible, practice physical distancing as much as you can. And if you can’t, wearing a mask radically reduces the chance of infection.
In March 2020, the Confederation of Canadian Unions released a public announcement on what the government and employers can do to protect workers, their jobs, health and safety, wages and working conditions during this crisis.
We also created this page to specifically fight the misinformation, acknowledge the science and medical research, and help educate and protect CCU members, working people and all Canadians from this deadly illness.
Knowledge Saves Lives
There is extensive information about COVID-19 on the Health Canada website (www.canada.ca/coronavirus), including updates, travel advice, prevention and risk, and how to better prepare and protect yourself. Click on the links below for additional information and resources:
Health and Safety On the Job, Protecting Your Rights
Protecting Yourself at Home and in Public
Mental Health – Dealing with the Crisis