MOH says best way to fight Covid-19 is to contain it | St. Clair College
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Dr. Wajid Ahmed.
Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health, for Windsor Essex County Health Unit

Wash your hands often, cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze and stay home if you’re sick.

Those were the main messages to staff and students delivered by Windsor’s Medical Officer of Health Tuesday at a Town Hall meeting held at the Sportsplex.

“There are a number of steps you can take at the individual level,” said Dr. Wajid Ahmed. “If you’re sick, stay home. If you’re concerned about Covid-19, call us.”

Dr. Ahmed said the number of cases continues to change daily, but currently there are no cases of the virus in Windsor and Essex County.

He said world health officials are working to contain it, while researchers work on a vaccine. Because the virus needs a human reservoir, and it cannot survive on surfaces for more than a few hours, those who are sick should self-isolate to stop it from spreading.

He said masks are useful for people who have symptoms of the flu or of the virus and they should be used to protect others from catching it. He added that it’s important to wash your hands after handling “high-touch surfaces” such as doorknobs.

Dr. Ahmed said the elderly population and those with underlying conditions are most at risk if the virus is contracted, but most healthy people will recover if they become infected.

Staff and students who are travelling during March Break next week are being asked to voluntarily fill out a travel questionnaire, which can be found on the college website:

Further updates on the Coronavirus 19 will be posted on the college’s Health Centre page: