Stay Healthy

The most important contribution we can all make to fighting COVID is to stay healthy and take all reasonable measures to avoid catching the virus.

The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

  • avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, especially with unwashed hands

  • avoid close contact with people who are sick

  • when coughing or sneezing:

    • cover your mouth and nose with your arm or tissues to reduce the spread of germs

    • immediately dispose of any tissues you have used into the garbage as soon as possible and wash your hands afterwards

  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, such as toys, electronic devices and doorknobs

  • stay home if you are sick to avoid spreading illness to others

See the Government of Canada COVID-19 website for details and a pdf chart.

 

Wear a Mask
Wearing a mask can help reduce the spread of the COVID virus, especially when social distancing is not possible. Cloth masks can help prevent passing the virus on to others, especially if we are infected and are not yet showing symptoms.

See this CBC story on the effectiveness and types of masks: https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1720657475514

Find Medical Help

If you think you may have contacted COVID, the Ontario government recommends you take a self-assessment to understand what to do next before calling your doctor or Telehealth Ontario:

  • Take the self-assessment

    • Do not visit an assessment centre unless you have been referred by a health care professional.

    • Do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.

For information on COVID-19 Assessement Centres:

Support Our Front-line Medical Workers

 
 

Here are some of the ways we can support front-lone medical workers:

Be a grocery hero: Grocery Hero is a Canada-wide initiative to match volunteers with medical workers. The idea is that community volunteers can help out with grocery shopping and other errands for front-line workers who want to avoid public contact in stores. Enter your name, e-mail, and postal code and they will attempt to match you with a medical worker who lives near you.

Buy them a meal: This one helps local restaurants as well. There are several fundraisers that are seeking donations to buy meals from restaurants that will be delivered to area hospitals. Read this Toronto.com article for details, and check out:

Bang your pots: Neighbours are showing their support for front-line workers by standing on their doorsteps and banging pots every evening at 7:30pm. (times may vary). See this media release from the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario.

 

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