Doing your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“Be kind, be calm, be safe.” - BC Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry.
We hear you - staying at home for 14-days (or sometimes even longer) may not be your favourite thing to do, but it’s the right thing to do. Even if you don’t have symptoms now, it is possible to transmit COVID-19 before you start showing symptoms or without ever developing any. When you stay at home, you are protecting other people who may be at higher risk of getting severely sick from COVID-19.
You have the power to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19 and contribute to the public good - something that benefits everyone, but only if everyone contributes. Failure to self-isolate can lead to potential fines and sanctions for violation of communication standards for students in residence.
Anti-Racism and Preventing Stigma
The words that we speak have the power to harm and heal. When people associate COVID-19 with a specific group, ethnic community, nationality, stigma, and discrimination occurs. These narratives are reflected in acts of racism or xenophobia. These behaviours can have a significant effect on the mental health of affected individuals. Stigma affects us all. It creates fear or anger towards people instead of the virus.
It’s important for all of us to stand up and refute these narratives. As the SFU community, we have the opportunity to come together and support each other.
We understand the discussion of racism can be emotionally triggering. If you find yourself in this position, please reach out for support from Health & Counselling Services Mental Health Nurses during our hours of operation at 778-782-4615. If you need help outside of our office hours, please connect with the My SSP program.