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A little knowledge can keep you healthy

Airdrie Public Library reminds Airdronians everyone has a role to play in stopping the spread of infections. Photo Submitted/For Airdrie City View

It seems no matter where you go, it’s impossible to not hear about the COVID-19 pandemic.

While Alberta health officials say the chances of catching the virus in our province are still extremely low, the constant flow of news updates on the virus and its impact on our lives and our communities can feel overwhelming.

One of our missions at Airdrie Public Library (APL) is to foster the pursuit of knowledge.

Knowledge can be empowering in many ways, but in the case of this coronavirus, let’s talk about how knowledge can protect ourselves and our neighbours.

All levels of government remind us of the many effective ways to prevent contracting the viruses that make us ill and are often more dangerous to the most vulnerable among us.

You might remember that during the SARS outbreak of 2003 many preventative practices, such as coughing into the bend of your elbow or washing your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds or simply staying home from school or work when sick, became part of our daily routines.

It’s easy to forget these simple rules, but COVID-19 serves as a reminder that each one of us has a role in stopping the spread of viral infections.

One of the goals of attaining knowledge is not so much the gathering of information, but putting what you have learned into practice, making the application of what you have learned the true power of knowledge.

At APL, we’d like to remind our patrons and all Airdronians that the simple acts of washing your hands, covering your cough and practicing social distancing are valuable all year long.

The library is a public space visited by hundreds of people every day, and once we reopen, remember to wash or sanitize your hands when you arrive and before you leave.

And if you or a family member are sick, please stay home – you can always download an eBook or movie with your library card.

As Airdrie entered into a State of Local Emergency March 17, the library is closed. Visit for online resources and information.