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CANO/ACIO Update on COVID-19

Monday, March 16, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Ernest Ho
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In light of the rapidly evolving coronavirus situation, CANO/ACIO would like to share the following information with our members and with those seeking information on cancer and coronavirus infection.

We know that people with certain health conditions, including people with cancer, may be at increased risk for severe illness associated with coronavirus infection. We need to be especially vigilant in our efforts to protect their health and well-being.


Here are some websites with information on coronavirus and cancer:

Canadian Cancer Society

Oncology Nursing Society

American Cancer Society

CancerNet (American Society of Clinical Oncology)

American Society of Clinical Oncology


For general information on coronavirus and COVID-19, please visit:

Government of Canada

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

World Health Organization (WHO)

We all have a social responsibility to lessen the impact that COVID-19 has on our health care system and more importantly, on those who are vulnerable.


How to protect yourself and others:

From the CDC and WHO:

  •  Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds because it’s one of the best ways to kill germs on your hands and prevent the spread of germs to others. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth because if you picked up the virus, you could infect yourself by allowing the virus to enter your body.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact – being within 6 feet - from people who are sick, especially those who are coughing or sneezing.

In addition to the above measures, please consider social distancing such as working from home where possible, using tele/video conferencing, shopping off peak hours, avoiding mass gatherings (such as concerts, sporting events, weddings, funerals).

Help educate your friends and family members on how to properly wash their hands

When I was in my first year of my undergraduate nursing program, I made up this little song to help teach elementary school children how to wash their hands. It takes approximately 20 seconds or so to sing the words once through. 


To the tune of ‘Jingle Bells’ 

Wash your hands
Wash your hands
Get them nice and clean
Little germs are everywhere
And often can’t be seen
Wash your hands
Wash your hands
Germs are everywhere
Washing hands will help make sure
That germs do not get shared


Thank you to all healthcare providers for your care, compassion, skills, and dedication, now and always.

Please take good care of yourselves and of each other. We are in this together. <3

Reanne Booker, MN, BScN, NP 

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