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First Nations health leaders remind citizens to continue exercising caution as provinces begin reopening economies – Anishinabek News

FORT WILLIAM FIRST NATION — First Nations health leaders are reminding citizens to continue practicing social distancing and other measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as provinces begin reopening their economies.

“When I think about this whole pandemic and the situation we find ourselves in, social distancing is the only part that we have some type of control over,” says Natalie Paavola, director of health at Dilico Anishinabek Family Care and Namaygoosisagagun citizen. “Social distancing is absolutely necessary and our leaders [and] the government should continue to enforce this and educate on social distancing because that is the only part we have control over as an individual.”

Paavola says it is important for people to maintain their distance so they do not come into contact with COVID-19 droplets.

“If you tap someone, if you touch someone, they could potentially have a droplet on their hand and you’ve just transferred that droplet to that other individual’s hand,” Paavola says. “And if they go and touch their face afterwards, it’s passed on that way. So no touching, no high fives, no hugging, and keeping our distance, the recommended [two-metre] distance that’s put out there. It’s not hard — we just need to do it as individuals and contribute that way.”

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