The following advice are tips to staying safe during the Covid-19 pandemic. It is important that you follow the recommendations that you have received from your health care provider.
If you are concerned that you may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please start by visiting the Ministry of Health website and taking their self-assessment. https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novelcoronavirus.
Do not call 911 unless it is an emergency. This online tool will determine whether you may need further assessment or testing for COVID-19.
- Do not use taxis or rideshares.
- Do not go to work, school or other public places, except for groceries or gas.
- Do not share towels, utensils, glasses, cups, toiletries, drinks, cigarettes or cannabis.
- Anyone with medical appointments must obtain permission to leave the community
NO VISITORS IN YOUR HOME
- No visits from any family or friends who do not live in your house. No poker or card games.
- Keep away from Elders and people with chronic medical conditions
(e.g. diabetes, lung problems, immune deficiency, cancer).
AVOID CONTACT WITH OTHERS
- Ensure no public gatherings of more than 10 people.
- Stay in a separate room away from other people in your home as much as possible.
- Make sure that shared rooms have good airflow (e.g. open windows).
- If you are in a room with other people, in a lineup for gas or groceries,
or walking outside keep a distance of at least two metres or six feet.
OTHER SAFETY PRECAUTIONS AGAINST COVID-19
COVER YOUR COUGHS AND SNEEZES
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hand.
- Throw used tissues in a lined wastebasket and wash your hands. Lining the wastebasket with a plastic bag makes waste disposal easier and safer.
- After emptying the wastebasket wash you hands.
WASH YOUR HANDS
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Dry your hands with a paper towel, or with your own cloth towel that no one else shares.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
HOW COVID-19 SPREADS
- By respiratory droplets of an infected person landing on:
- Others with whom they have close contact such as people who live in the same household or who provide care.
- Surfaces like counters, doorknobs or toilets and then others touch them.
- Difficulty breathing
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Shortness of breath
- Flu-like muscle aches
If you are having difficulty breathing or experiencing other severe symptoms, call 911 immediately. Advise them of your symptoms and travel history.
This information is not intended to provide medical advice. If you have medical questions, consult a health practitioner.
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