COVID-19 IS NOT AN ENCUMBRANCE TO STUDY IN CANADA

Corona virus disease which is also referred to as covid-19 is an illness caused by a novel corona virus called severe acute respiratory syndrome. It was first identified in the Wuhan city of China, following an outbreak of respiratory cases in the city. 

Since the outbreak of covid-19 on December 2019, there have been speculations and rumours surrounding how the virus affects and hinders the movement of people travelling from one country to another, especially international students, travelling to different countries abroad for their further education.

No doubt, covid-19, which was declared a global pandemic in the year 2020, because of its rapid spread all over the world within a short period of time, has actually affected and killed millions of people across the globe.

The rapid spread really put a lot of fears and concerns on individuals and countries. All hands were immediately put on deck to see how the disease could be curtailed

So, the virus has been a barrier to students who are studying and also those who wish to study in Canada. Some have been compelled to study via online channels. But the truth is, one can never feel the true sense and impact of education without being physically present in class. Hence there are now both government and WHO precautionary measures to ensure students attend classes physically while adhering strictly to the non-pharmaceutical measures and guidelines.

It is instructive, therefore, to note that the virus has not yet disappeared. Hence the aim of this article is to provide the government and WHO measures that must be followed by students travelling to Canada for their education.

 The Basic Guide

 What you must do as you make other preparations to travel to Canada

> Go for your covid-19 test

> Note that your test result which is also referred to as covid-19 card will be required at every point of your clearance.

> The card should be ready also to be uploaded on the embassy's website during registration.

> Have copies of your test result as they will be needed at some points during your registration and travel.

 Canadian Government Regulation against the Spread of Covid-19: A Guide for International Students

> Subject to conditions set out in the Quarantine Act, and Emergency Order: Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to Covid-19 in Canada Order (Mandatory Isolation), International students may enter Canada for the purpose of pursuing their undergraduate or graduate education that has been confirmed by the province or territory as ready to safely host international students. In this process, students are made to sign an undertaking for them to be tested or retested and their condition monitored for the minimum period of two weeks to ensure they are truly free from the virus before such students are fully accepted to enter into the country.

> An international student needs to demonstrate to a border or flight service officer that he/she is entering Canada for the purpose of study at a designated learning institution, reopening for international students. If the requirements are not met or presented, one may not be allowed entry into the country.

> During quarantine, students are expected to obey the following guidelines strictly;

• Social/physical distancing from others

• No close contact with people who have special medical conditions and elderly people, especially those with underlying illnesses.

On the other hand, government have their own role to play here. Their responsibilies include but not limited to the provision of enough accommodation and basic needs of students during quarantine. The basic needs are as follows: food, water, clothing and medicals.

> For international students living with a host family or a custodian, all they need to do is to self-isolate themselves from other members of the family.

> The quarantine and isolation measures and guidelines in Canada are not to be disobey. They are to be obeyed with all sense of responsibility. Any violation of the guidelines could amount to huge penalty. For instance, if as a result of your breakage of any of the preventive measures, someone is infected and perhaps dies of the novel virus eventually, you could be made to go for, at least, 3 years imprisonment or pay a minimum fine of $500,000, depending on the magnitude of your violation.

> However, for people who have been vaccinated, and are with their vaccination cards handy, they don't even need to undergo quarantine.

As the saying goes, "To be forewarned is to be forearmed."

As far as you can have a strict adherence to the measures, you will have no problem either with yourself or with the government.

My immediate younger brother just travelled back to Canada in March, 2021 to continue his master's programme.

However, all those while, he has been studying from home, as he travelled back to Nigeria during the hit of the pandemic to take care of our sick mom.

He always complained bitterly on how he did not like the online classes. And was eagerly looking forward for when he would start attending classes physically.

In any case, it took sometimes for him to make up his mind to travel back as he was contemplating the possibility of normalcy for physical academic activities in Canada.

Then I had to convince him that as far as he could obey the adumbrated measures by the Canadian government and those of the WHO, that everything was going to be alright.

He summoned courage and followed my advice. Now, he has joined his physical classes in Canada in earnest.

That is all there is to it.

 

The World Health Organization (WHO) on its own has always maintained and advised international travelers (students inclusive) to always seek advice on the potential hazards in their chosen destinations, and understand his best way to protect their health and minimize the risk of acquiring the disease.

 

Going by the above stance of the WHO, it has become the responsibility of students to seek advice and useful information while travelling for their education abroad for proper understanding of the risks involved in their journey.

 

Do your part and be safe.

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