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COVID-19 resources for Canadians


I’m sure many people are following the news releases concerning the coronavirus (COVID-19). I know I am.

This is a quick post providing you with links to various resources specific to Canadians. Although my immediate area is still considered low risk for exposure to this virus, there are reported cases within my city, with more cases expected. I now feel like we will be in this thing for the long haul: translation- This means months now instead of weeks.

General prevention guidelines

  • Cover your sneezes and coughs
  • Avoid touching your eyes, hands and nose with unwashed hands
  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water regularly
  • Practice good hygiene in general

At the farmers markets

With the happy trend of supporting your local farmers and small businesses, hopefully you are one who visits your local farmers market regularly. The market is a place to meet friends, grab some local food, and purchase your handmade products. But for right now, in this special circumstance, please note the following:

  • If there are hand sanitizer stations available, feel free to use them.
  • Ask the vendor you are purchasing from if they would rather be paid by debit instead of cash. Money carries a LOT of germs.
  • If you are sick, please stay home and take care of yourself
  • You might notice that some vendors may be absent if they are sick at home, taking care of themselves

Assessment links

Albertans are asked to call 811 for assessment if they are showing symptoms of illness. If necessary, the caller will be directed to the assessment station nearest them. We are asked to NOT:

  • Go to emergency at the hospital
  • Visit the family doctor

The government of Canada has put up a website which addresses:

COVID-19 updates

This includes current situation for Canada, as well as listing for other countries globally.

Travel advice

This includes active travel health notices, directions for cruise ship travelers, and more.

Preparedness tips

This page outlines how to make a plan for individuals, schools and daycare centres, communities and the workplace. Hopefully you will have some supplies on hand to see you through a viral illness (not just COVID-19). The advice right now is to be prepared, but not to panic buy supplies.

Symptoms and treatment

This section outlines symptoms of the virus, diagnosing and treatment.
It’s important to have a balanced view of what is happening to our world. One on hand, we are dealing with a major disruptive force globally affecting people’s travel plans, as well as creating economic crises. When we see the news, it’s hard to know how we should respond.

Here’s one doctor’s view of COVID-19. (It’s about a 10 minute video)

Resources and Supplies

Make a preparedness kit for your family. What this looks like for your family might be different from mine. It depends on different things like age of people living there, their current health situation, etc. You might consider stocking some items such as:

  • prescription medications
  • certain vitamins (such as vitamin C)
  • non perishable and dry foods (including pet food if applicable)
  • essential oils and diffuser, etc.
  • quiet activities and non electronic games

Antiviral preparedness tutorial class available through Skillshare

Download the Antiviral Preparedness eBook written by Deanna Russell

Take about half an hour and get a plan together building your aromatherapy home care kit. The class includes worksheets, printables, and an essential oil safety pocket reference.

I thought this was a very timely set of lessons, especially since everyone is so scared of both the flu and now the new coronavirus spreading globally. The oils you mention are very potent on viruses overall and really do give the viruses (and bacteria) a run for their lives. It’s just one more thing people need to have in their arsenal for staying well. I liked how you distinguished between the different lavender and thyme oils, and how you created different blends for kids, adults, and alerted pregnant women what oils to avoid and also use. I also liked how you gave options for using the anti-viral oils in oil blends, in a blend of bath salts, as a face steam, and in a diffuser. Janet

Well, that’s it for today. Stay well,


Deanna Russell