E4D’s response to COVID-19

Monday, March 16, 2020 - 11:04

This message is to provide an update on how we are responding to COVID-19 here at Evidence for Democracy. We know this is a tough and stressful situation, and we hope you are all staying healthy and taking care of one another. 

Here at E4D, we are lucky to have the option to work from home. Following recommendations from experts we are practicing social distancing and working from home for the foreseeable future. We know not everyone has this option, but for those who do, the evidence tells us that social distancing will be an important step towards reducing the severity of this crisis. 

There’s a lot of information out there about the current situation, but we wanted to point you towards some good resources to help keep yourself and those around you healthy and safe. We recommend following the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 webpage, which is regularly updated with information from a Canadian perspective:
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

As well, today Ottawa Public Health shared a very helpful tool with guidelines on social distancing:
https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/public-health-topics/self-isolation-instructions-for-novel-coronavirus-covid-19.aspx  

We hope these tools will help reduce confusion and make sure we are all well informed about how we should be responding to this unfamiliar situation. 

In the meantime, despite this challenging situation, we are going to continue working hard on the projects we have underway. 

Take care of yourselves.

 

Kimberly Girling

Interim Executive Director

Kimberly Girling completed a PhD in Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia. During her work as a scientist, she developed a passion for science policy, and has participated in a number of initiatives relating to global and public health, drug policy and harm reduction.