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Selfadvocatenet.com coverage of the Corona Virus Pandemic

Attention Self Advocates

The selfadvocatenet.com coverage of the Corona Virus pandemic also called COVID 19  is intended to inform Self Advocates by bringing you daily updates and information regarding this life-threatening situation so you stay healthy and safe.  

We encourage all Self Advocates to follow the Ministry of Health guidelines so we can stop the spread of this virus quickly. We each must do our part to protect ourselves and our communities.   If you have an issue let us know we are here to support one another.

A message that selfadvocatenet.com is wanting to let you know:  If you are out touching public surfaces, debit card machines, door handles at the grocery store DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE until you can wash your hands.  Wash your hands WELL, scrub for at least 20 seconds and don’t touch your face.  

Stay home if you are sick.  If you are sneezing cover your mouth with your arm.  Practice social isolation by staying 2 meters or at least 2 arm lengths away from everyone.  If you take the bus sit a few seats away from the next person.

By practicing these guidelines we will be doing our part as citizens to keep everyone safe.  When you are at home make sure your surroundings are cleaned regularly.  Frequently wipe down things you touch a lot like door handles, light switches, telephones, countertops, bathrooms, etc.   

Make sure you reach out to service providers, family, and friends if you are uncertain.  Only go out if it is necessary like going shopping or to the drug store. 

 World Health Organization has now called it Pandemic Officially 

All the best from the Sans Team.
To help reduce your risk of infection:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Using soap and water is the single most effective way of reducing the spread of infection. If a sink is not available, alcohol based hand rubs (ABHR) can be used to clean your hands as long as they are not visibly soiled.
  • If they are visibly soiled, use a wipe and then ABHR to effectively clean them.
  • Do not touch your face, eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow when you sneeze or cough.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • Do not share food, drinks, utensils, etc.
  • Handwashing poster

Will wearing a mask protect me? 

Masks should be used by sick people to prevent transmission to other people. A mask will help keep a person’s droplets in.
It may be less effective to wear a mask in the community when a person is not sick themselves. Masks may give a person a false sense of security and are likely to increase the number of times a person will touch their own face (e.g., to adjust the mask).

Health-care workers will wear surgical masks, eye protection and gowns in order to protect themselves and other patients. During health-care procedures in which aerosol sprays may be generated (for example, when giving certain inhaled medications), health-care workers should wear specialized masks.

Protecting loved ones

Follow the same advice that public health officials recommend for the cold and flu season: wash your hands often with soap and water, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, avoid others who are unwell, and stay home when you are sick.
The most important thing you can do to prevent coronavirus and other illnesses is to wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face.
Cover your mouth when you cough so you’re not exposing other people. If you are sick yourself, stay away from others. Contact your health-care provider ahead of time so you can be safely assessed.

What if I have a chronic condition?

Current information suggests that older people with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and lung disease are at higher risk of developing more severe illness or complications from COVID-19. If you are at higher risk for COVID-19 complications, follow general preventative strategies against infection, and should you become ill, seek medical help early.
This Information on website called BC Centre for Disease Control go to their website click Here

Here are updates from BC Govt Health Minister and Dr. Bonnie Henry

Joint statement on Province of B.C.’s COVID-19 response, latest updates

B.C. Human Rights Commissioner issues guidance on COVID-19 mask policies commissioner Kasari Govender provides guidelines that detail how masking requirements must accommodate people with disabilities or medical conditions that prevent them from using non-medical masks. This on website Called BC Human Rights, Commission go to the link here

COVID-19 Immunization Plan


Online tool helps people book appointments with Service BC

Information for families of people in long-term care and assisted living.

Last updated: February 7, 2022

Province clarifies Visitors policy on essential vs. social visits at care homes, seniors facilities

January 8th,2021

The revised “Essential Visits” policy now supports people with disabilities during hospital visits

Page 3 Family and Visitor Policy click on the picture below to see the document

More BC Covid-19 Headlines

Province reminds people to get a bivalent COVID-19 booster

Province provides an update on respiratory illness season


Here it is the Covig 19 videos made by SAS and SALN. go to this link to watch it click here

or click on the picture below where see pictures of videos below

Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine

Coronavirus vaccine tracker

Virtual mental health supports during COVID-19

Counselling places that can call if need talk to someone self-advocates affected by Covid 19

Dorothy Hyslop (Counsellor that was at Leadership Retreat) is willing to provide free counselling to Self Advocates affected by COVID-19.  

please contact Dorothy Hyslop at 604-765-1039 and leave a message or

Email her atdorothyhyslop1associates@gmail.com

or go to her website details Dorothy Hyslop & Associates Counselling & Consulting

Illuminating Counselling Services

Practicing social distancing does not mean counselling services are not available. We have the means to assist you via telephonic means or web applications.

I am aware that this pandemic has increased anxiety and depression for many. Please know that I am available for you.

Illuminating Counselling Services at  www.advicecounselling.com.

Rosemary Fromson, RPC, MPCC-S

Email her at  rjfroms@telus.net; Phone: 604-302-9648

CLBC Mental Health and Wellness Resources during COVID-19


Govt of Canada News Covid 19 Here

Federal Briefing on the response to Covid 19

Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada


The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is issuing this statement to provide an update on the ongoing response to COVID-19. PHAC continues to work closely with provinces and territories to coordinate Canada’s response.

On January 27, 2023, the World Health Organization (WHO) convened a meeting of its International Health Regulations (IHR) Emergency Committee to consider whether the COVID-19 pandemic still constitutes a global public health emergency. The WHO Director General considered the advice offered by the Committee and determined that the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to constitute a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC). In addition, the WHO Director General issued this advice as temporary recommendations under the IHR.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Government of Canada’s top priority has been protecting the health and safety of all Canadians. Informed by the latest science and evidence, the Government will continue its work with provinces and territories to implement a long-term, sustainable approach to the ongoing management of COVID-19.

The Government of Canada acknowledges the WHO Director General’s determination that COVID-19 remains a PHEIC, as the SARS-CoV-2 virus continues to evolve and is still circulating widely across Canada and in many other countries worldwide. The Government of Canada will continue to work with the WHO, international partners and with Canadian provinces and territories to monitor the COVID-19 situation and to determine the best course of action to limit the spread of the virus and mitigate health and societal impacts. PHAC will continue to provide regular public updates as new information becomes available.

As part of ongoing monitoring, the Government of Canada continues to contribute to and assess the global epidemiology of COVID-19, including working with international partners to enhance viral genomic sequencing capacity. There is a robust laboratory monitoring program in place across the provinces and territories to identify SARS-CoV-2 variants in Canada, including Omicron lineage variants of concern, such as the XBB.1.5 variant.

As COVID-19 activity continues and hospitalizations remain elevated in Canada, layers of prevention, including keeping up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations and personal protective practises remain our best approach to reduce the risk of developing severe illness and limit the burden on the health system.


Media Relations
Public Health Agency of Canada

This is on Govt of Canada’s Website go to the link here


January 26th,2023



Here you will find the latest data on Covid-19 Cases in Canada on January 31st,2023

Public health releases guidelines for Canadians fully vaccinated against COVID-19 on June 25th,2021

COVID-19 Disability Advisory Group will continue to help guide Government action on disability inclusion

COVID-19 & Disability Resources



Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Awareness resources


From The World Health Organization website, you can find information and guidance from WHO regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that was first reported from Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019.

Please visit this page for daily updates.

Here is the WHO’s latest update

WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 -Tuesday, January 24, 2023

This is the Briefing of The WHO News Conference that was Today Tuesday, January 24th, 2023



Weekly epidemiological update on COVID-19 – 25 January 2023 Edition 127 Overview Emergency Situational Updates

Globally, nearly 1.9 million new cases and over 12 000 deaths were reported in the week of 16 to 22 January 2023. In the last 28 days (26 December 2022 to 22 January 2023), over 11 million cases and over 55 000 new deaths were reported globally – a decrease of 25% and an increase of 13%, respectively, compared to the previous 28 days. As of 22 January 2023, over 664 million confirmed cases and over 6.7 million deaths have been reported globally.

In this edition, we include:

  • The COVID-19 epidemiological update at the global and regional levels
  • An update on the circulating SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern (VOCs) and Omicron subvariants under monitoring
  • An update on hospitalizations and ICU admissions related to COVID-19



WHO releases first data on the global vaccine market since COVID-19

Global Vaccine Market Report 2022

A shared understanding of equitable access to vaccines

The report aims to capture lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic and to highlight the opportunity for more ambitious global action: expanding sustainable access to vaccines for all towards the Immunization Agenda 2030 and pandemic prevention, preparedness and response efforts.
The report is organized in two sections: the first section provides WHO insights on global vaccine market dynamics, drawing from data provided by Member States, which are, in turn, analyses and displayed in the second section

 Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Videos Click Here

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