Situated on the southern shore of Georgian Bay, the Municipality of Meaford is a fascinating four-season destination that has it all: great live theatre and concerts, fresh local food, unique shopping, nature at your doorstep, a beautiful harbour and so much more. The quaint and charming historic downtown district features Meaford Hall - a restored 330-seat theatre, concert and cinema venue, unique boutiques, delicious eateries, and services of all kinds.
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Common Terminology Associated
with Illness Outbreaks
In early 2020 the Covid-19 Virus spread from its epicenter in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, to other areas of Asia, Europe, Canada and the United States. Various world health experts briefed the public on the proper protocol they believed would help stall the spread of this contagious virus. The conveyance of this information introduced the public to terminology that previously may only have been known to those within the medical community. So that people may act in a productive and informed manner, here are common words and phrases associated with global health concerns.
- Asymptomatic: means there are no symptoms. With new stories emerging about the rapid spread of COVID-19, public health experts are now warning the public to stay inside even if they feel healthy. The reason? You may be an asymptomatic carrier. "Asymptomatic transmission means you can be infected with the virus, have no symptoms and still be contagious," Dr. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, told ABC News. Most people who pass along the virus do so while they’re sick, usually because they’re coughing or sneezing, which sheds a lot of infectious viruses. But, there is still a significant number of people who transmit that are asymptomatic.
- Community spread: The spread of a disease among a certain area in which there is no direct knowledge of how or when someone caught the disease.
- Epidemiology: This is a branch of medicine that deals with the incidence, distribution and possible control of disease, as well as patterns and determinants of illnesses. An epidemic is a situation when a disease spreads rapidly among many people and in higher concentrations than normal.
- Pandemic: This relates to the geographical spread of a disease that affects a whole country or the entire world, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pandemic does not refer to the severity or mortality of an illness, just how far it has travelled.
- PPE: This stands for "personal protective equipment." This is gear worn to minimize exposure to hazards that cause serious workplace injuries and illnesses. PPE may include gloves, safety glasses, masks, and gowns in healthcare settings.
- Presumptive case: A presumptive case or presumptive positive case is one in which symptoms seemingly match the illness but a diagnosis has not yet been confirmed. A presumptive case is not a definitive case.
Quarantine: This is a restriction on the movement of people and goods, which is intended to prevent the spread of pests or diseases. Quarantines may be mandated or voluntary.
- Social distancing: Social distancing refers to limiting contact or other interactions with people in an effort to help reduce the liklihood of disease contraction and spread.
- Symptomatic: One who is symptomatic shows symptoms of a particular illness or disease.
Understanding the terminology associated with widespread illnesses may compel people to take appropriate action.