*The below information is for people who applied for a baby gift before the pandemic, and are on our waiting list.
Thank you for waiting so long to hear from us about your gift, especially during this challenging time of Covid-19. We are excited to deliver your YCSAB Baby gift, but first we want to let you know what our team is doing to keep everyone as safe as possible during and after the Covid-19 pandemic.
Accepting items into your home from strangers, even if they are our trained volunteers, exposes you to a small risk since some virus like Covid-19 can live on surfaces for a short time and then be spread to you by touching them and then touching your mouth/nose/eyes. By reading and understanding this document before you accept our gift, you will be taking a powerful step to protecting your family.
Please read this document before speaking to our delivery volunteer who will contact you about when and where to bring your gift. If you have any questions, email our Match Coordinator at email@example.com
Learn about Covid-19. Staying up to date with what the Covid-19 symptoms look and feel like will allow you to have an earlier and better response if you or someone you know has symptoms.
Adopt the mindset that everyone, including yourself, is contagious with Covid-19. This mindset is especially helpful because people who are not showing symptoms and feel healthy can still spread illness. This ‘everyone’s got it’ mentality aims to sharpen your cleaning practices, motivates your use of personal protective equipment (PPE), and ensures you follow social distancing protocols. It also may empower you to know that you are doing everything within your power to prevent the spread of illness.
Reschedule the delivery of your gift if you or someone in your household is feeling unwell with Covid-19 symptoms or flu-like symptoms and inform the YCSAB volunteer who is delivering your gift, or email our Match Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org if you don’t have your delivery volunteer’s contact info.
Learn about your symptoms. If you have Covid-19 symptoms, or you feel unwell and you aren’t sure why, use Shared Health Manitoba’s screening tool to learn if you should contact Health Links or seek other medical advice. See our Resource page at the end of this document for a link.
Inform our Match Coordinator, Chandra if you have a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19. Assuming you are comfortable sharing this personal health information with us, please email email@example.com with both a list of any volunteers, you’ve come in contact with in the last 14 days so we can confidentially seek the advice of public health. Our aim is to protect your privacy while following public health orders.
Update our Match Coordinator when your health care team says you are recovered so we can reschedule the delivery of your baby gift. Our team may be able to deliver your gift to someone you choose who does not have Covid-19 symptoms or a confirmed case, like a trusted friend or family member. Discuss this option with our Match Coordinator.
PROTOCOL FOR MEETING OUR DELIVERY VOLUNTEER
Talking with our delivery volunteer before you meet in person, about what actions you can both take to stay safe, can be reassuring and can increase the safety of your exchange. The below ideas and safety guidelines can also help you both know what to expect during your meeting:
- Our delivery volunteer will contact you to discuss a no-contact delivery plan.
- They will ask that you stay at least two meters away from each other.
- They will ask you where outdoors you want to meet you, for example, your front yard, courtyard, or side door.
- They will ask what time you want to meet. Please do your best to be there on time.
- They will ask for the contact info that is best to reach you at on delivery day.
- They will let you know that they will stay outdoors during the delivery and will not be available to deliver the items into your home. If you need help carrying your gift indoors, please find someone to help you, or on delivery day, our delivery volunteer can watch your items while you make several trips to move them indoors.
- They will explain that instead of passing your gift directly into your hands, that they will leave the items on the ground and then they will back up at least two meters so you can then safely pick it up.
- If the delivery volunteer brings someone along to help them carry your gift, that helper will also be trained to keep two meters away from you.
- If you think it may be hard to practice social distancing, protect yourself and others and wear a quality mask.
- If our delivery volunteer accidentally touches your property during a drop off, for example they ring your doorbell, disinfect the surface.
- Quarantine the newly delivered gift that you’ve just brought into your home for 72 hours. Even though, all donors and volunteers have been asked to read, understand, and comply with our safety protocol in the hopes that all donations you will receive come from clean homes and Covid-19 free donors, we reduce risk by letting any viruses weaken over those 3 days.
- The easiest solution to reduce risk of getting Covid-19 from your baby gift is to carry your donation to a low-traffic (a closet perhaps?), clean, dry, location that you can keep there for a full three days. This approach works because the Covid-19 virus begins to weaken over time. To date, the World Health Organization has no research stating that the virus can be found at any concerning levels on surfaces for any longer than three days. Consider setting a 72-hour timer on your phone to help you remember when items are safer to handle.
- If you require an item sooner than 72 hours, disinfect the donation. Different surfaces such as clothing, plastic, and metal will require different cleaning methods. Information on disinfecting various surfaces is provided in our General FAQ document on our website.
- While you are handling unsterilized donations, avoiding touching your face or other surfaces in your home until you’ve properly washed or sanitized your hands to reduce your risk.
- Once you are done handling donations, properly wash or sanitize your hands.
The following information has been paraphrased by YCSAB’s Executive Director Pamela Delisle from World Health Organization’s website.
Can we become infected with the Covid-19 virus from handling donations and bringing them into our space?
The WHO currently has no data available on the stability of Covid-19 on dry surfaces and will update when evidence is available. That being said, the WHO believes that objects or materials like clothes or furniture that have had direct exposure to respiratory droplets from a sneeze or cough for example, can play a role in transmission but to what importance is not clear. Factors such as relative temperature, humidity and surface type all play a role, as does when the object was infected, and how strong the infected person’s viral load was at the time the droplets landed on the item
SOLUTION: Carry your just-received gift to a low-traffic, clean, dry location without touching your face or other surfaces in your home and store them there for a full three days. Once you have set the donations down, properly wash or sanitized your hands.
How long does the virus survive outside of the body?
There is currently no scientific data available on how long the Covid-19 virus survives outside of the human body in a real-life environment and therefore lab results should be interpreted with caution. It is important to note that just because the virus can be found somewhere does not mean that it is at a level that can cause an infection. In a controlled laboratory environment, the virus can be found:
- in the air up to three hours later;
- on copper for up to four hours later;
- on cardboard up to 24 hours later;
- up to 3 days on plastic and stainless steel; and
- on objects or materials such as clothes or furniture.
SOLUTION: Assume that the YCSAB gift you bring into your home has Covid-19 on it and either find a low-traffic, clean, dry location to store it for a full three days or disinfect the item/s.
How is Covid-19 Spread?
There is a risk of getting Covid-19 from breathing air that has come from Covid-19 positive person, and from touching surfaces and then contaminating ourselves (touching our eyes, mouths, nose etc).
How can you Reduce the Likelihood of Getting Covid-19?
- Keep two meters away from people not in your immediate family unit
- Properly wash your hands with warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds before touching your face
- Use personal protective equipment (PPE) including a quality mask, gloves and glasses
- Disinfect or leaving suspected or contaminated items to air-out for a full three days
How can you Reduce the Likelihood of Spreading Covid-19?
- Learn about Covid-19 and what the symptoms are
- Self monitor for symptoms and stay home if you or someone from your home has symptoms
- Check in with your health care professionals if you have Covid-19 symptoms and follow their advice
- Inform our Match Coordinator if you have a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19
How will YCSAB’s Covid-19 Infection and Prevention Plan be Enforced?
Due to the unique way all YCSAB volunteers work from our personal spaces it is unrealistic to monitor individual behaviour. We operate on a system of trust, based on the assumption that our team wants the best for Manitoba families. If you have concerns about someone’s actions related to Covid-19 we encourage you to talk to them directly, assuming you feel comfortable to do so. Our Match Coordinator is also here for you if you have any concerns or need advice about how to bring up your concerns.
Thank you for making the health of your family, your Manitoba community, and our YCSAB team a priority. We hope you love your gift and find it useful.
Additional guidance on how to stay safe and healthy can be found online:
YCSAB Match Coordinator- Chandra Hermanson, firstname.lastname@example.org
General Support- email@example.com