Jenny is an Infection Control Specialist for the Region of Peel Public Health and Services Department
“We’ve been spending a lot of time working with our community partners in reviewing their infection control practices to ensure they are in a better position to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak, or if they are in COVID-19 outbreak, to better mitigate and control the spread. I’ve been into long term care homes and other essential Region of Peel work places predominantly because that’s where the help is needed at this time.
Infection control is not something that people routinely think of or work on improving in their day to day lives pre- COVID.
Now during COVID, we’re starting to realize there are things that should have been done and should have been in place before the pandemic. When things are good, nobody really thinks about it.
I think the pandemic is shedding light on how important it is for people to have a basic knowledge of infection control and how diseases are transmitted. Our ways of living will change and how workplaces are set up will change. I’m seeing that people are becoming more aware about the importance of preventative measures such as something as basic as hand washing or keeping a distance from others. People are learning how to better protect and prepare themselves to prevent disease transmission.”