As the COVID-19 global spread continues to affect our lives, we at MadPI, personally and professionally, would like to express our support and assurance during these unprecedented times.
MadPI’s highest priority is to protect the health of our colleagues, clients, and the people close to them; and maintain the highest level of professional service to our clients and external partners.
Currently, after recent announcements from the public health department and government authorities, all our offices must close down, but we continue to operate from remote offices and can be reached online, by telephone and via email. We have implemented necessary precautions to keep our services available with uninterrupted professional service while minimizing health risks. We utilize high-level security protocols to protect and enable access to our data and systems from anywhere around the world.
We wish that you and your families remain safe! We will all get through this together!
Facts: The most common symptoms for COVID-19 are dry cough, fever, tiredness and in severe cases, difficulty breathing. If you are experiencing those symptoms, it is important that you seek medical attention as soon as you can and isolate yourself from others until you get a diagnosis.
It is important that we take precaution, stay informed and follow the basic protective measures against the new virus. According to The World Health Organization, people can protect themselves and others from getting the virus by doing the following:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, if soap and water is not available, you may use an alcohol-based hand rub;
- Maintain physical distancing, keep at least 3 feet between yourself and other people;
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth; and
- If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care as soon as possible
Consequences: With the federal governments imposing stricter safety measures with The Quarantine Act, we highly recommend that during this time, you stay home unless absolutely necessary. You will be fined (in some cases imprisoned) for not following the new regulations, i.e. not practising physical distancing, and police have been given special instructions to force those into quarantine if they should be and are not complying.
If you are a business owner, the COVID-19 pandemic may be affecting your business, especially with the recent shut down of all non-essential businesses by government authorities. In the meantime, try to remain calm and focus on keeping customer and employee relations. Also stay informed on the support that the federal government will be providing to businesses. If you are an employee that has been laid off due to COVID-19 or you must stay home because you are experiencing symptoms or have tested positive for the virus, you can now claim employment insurance.
Solutions: As the Coronavirus pandemic is affecting our society, and many people are experiencing disruptions to daily life, we hope that the following tips can help get you through times of social isolation:
Workout in whatever space you can find in your living area, try yoga, skipping rope, use household items for weights, follow workout videos, because it is important that you remain active as much as you can. Staying healthy is a number one priority!
Keep a routine
It can be better for your mental health to try to keep a routine going as much as possible. Try waking up, eating, exercising, etc. at the same time every day. Your body and your brain will thank you!
Get outside (if safe and permitted to do so)
If you able to go outside, go for a walk or spend some time in your backyard every day. Do more on this please with some precautions!
Maintain social connection
Keep in contact with friends and family as much as you can. Call, email, text, and video chat with your loved ones. Reach out to people you haven’t had a chance to chat in the past. Support and encourage each other!
Find a new project
Clean your house, fix that hanger, paint the basement, otherwise, do something that you have been putting off. Find things that you can do at home to keep you occupied or pass the time with a constructive outcome!
Keep your mind stimulated at all times. Take an online class, read a new book, solve puzzles and take quizzes, learn new skills, take a virtual tour of your favourite country, museum, or watch an opera or a ballet online. So many options available now!
Mental health is at its highest peak for many these days and it’s important that we maintain compassion and support for the weaker members. Be mindful of what others are experiencing during this time. If you are feeling anxious or uneasy, try to practice meditation or breathing exercises to help you cope. Check with your local community, there are support telephone lines!
There are many charities and organizations that currently need assistance. Find one that resonates with you and make a donation, even something small will be appreciated. Keep in touch with your local small businesses, they are also experiencing tough times right now and your support might save them!
If you have medical background or other essential skills to support medical establishments, non-profit organizations, food-banks, shelters, etc. please do so. There are many people that are less fortunate who need help during this time, it will make a difference!
Staying home doesn’t have to be boring, try to find entertaining activities that you can do in your own home with your children and loved ones. Cook an ancient family recipe, play games, dance, be creative with your imagination, watch your favourite shows, make love and do what makes you happy and there will eventually be a light at the end of this tunnel!
One more thing. The outbreak of COVID-19 has increased victimization of vulnerable population. With a large number of people isolated, scared and uncertain, it has never been more important to be cautious and informed against scams and the people attempting to perpetrate them.
- The government will not send someone to your home to ask you to take a test for COVID-19. If someone rings your doorbell and claims to be doing this, call the police, as there have been reports of people doing this in order to rob others.
- Do not give out personal information over the phone. Once again, reputable agencies and government departments will not be calling to ask your date of birth and account information.
- Protect your passwords, watch out for phishing, back up your data, change setting in your social media and online accounts, use anti-virus and anti-malware software, VPN and password managers, and update software in your electronic devices.
Stay safe and healthy, be kind, be vigilant, think critically and positively!
We’re here if you need us!