Today the World Health Organization declared human coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic. Many international events have been cancelled, and Italy has even declared a national quarantine. COVID-19 is a new strain of the flu with a higher death rate than the seasonal flu, for which no treatment exists and is potentially deadly to the elderly, and those with underlying health conditions. These vulnerable populations rely on herd immunity to avoid risk, of which we have none. Because of this, many organizations are taking aggressive measures to help prevent further spread of the virus.
As a singer and voice coach, I have always made respiratory health and hygiene a priority at my studio. However, in light of COVID-19, I am kicking it up a notch. Here are my latest policy updates for the duration of this pandemic.
- Students must stay home if they are sick. Any cancellations due to illness will qualify for make-up lessons no matter what.
- Anyone who shows up to my studio showing cold & flu symptoms WILL be turned away and the lesson will be forfeit.
- Lessons are available via video call for anyone who prefers to stay home.
- Those who come to lessons may be asked to wash their hands, use hand sanitizer, keep a safe distance, or take other precautions as a matter of course.
If you have recently travelled to an affected country and are showing any cold & flu symptoms, please get checked out.
Call ahead before visiting any health care facility. Guelph is set to open a new coronavirus testing facility soon.
Please note that, while there are 36 cases confirmed in Ontario, so far there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Guelph. For the most up-to-date information, please check out the Government of Ontario website:
For more information about COVID-19 worldwide, visit the WHO website here: