Follow Public Health Measures
In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within communities and across the country, all Canadians are advised to avoid or keep exposure very brief.
- Avoid closed spaces, crowded places, close contact settings and close-range conversation or settings where there’s:
- heavy breathing (for example, during exercise)
- Wear a non-medical mask or face covering when you’re in:
- public and you might come into close contact with others
- shared indoor spaces with people from outside your immediate household
- Stay home and away from others if you feel sick.
- Keep the number of people you have prolonged contact with as small as possible.
- Stick to a small and consistent social circle and avoid gathering in large groups.
- Talk to your employer about working at home if possible.
- Limit contact with those at risk of more severe illness, such as:
- older adults
- those with underlying medical conditions
- those with compromised immune systems
- Go outside to exercise.
- Maintain a physical distance of 2 metres from people outside of your household.
- Household contacts (people you live with) don’t need to distance from each other unless they’re sick or have travelled in the last 14 days.
Maintaining good hand and respiratory hygiene are very important personal practices that help reduce the risk of infection or spreading infection to others.
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water aren’t available, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
- When coughing or sneezing:
- cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand
- dispose of any tissues you’ve used as soon as possible in a lined waste basket and wash your hands immediately afterwards
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Disinfecting your home if someone is sick (PDF download)
Wearing Non-Medical Mask or Face Coverings
Wear a non-medical mask or face covering when:
- you’re in public and you might come into close contact with others
- you’re in shared indoor spaces with people from outside your immediate household
- advised by your local public health authority
Public health officials make recommendations to wear non-medical masks or face coverings based on a number of factors. These factors including rates of infection and/or transmission in the community. In some jurisdictions, the use of non-medical masks or face coverings is now mandatory in many indoor public spaces and on public transit.
DIY Face Coverings: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html
Masks alone will not prevent the spread of COVID-19. You must consistently and strictly adhere to good hygiene and public health measures, including frequent hand washing and physical (social) distancing.
Considerations in the use of homemade masks to protect against COVID-19 (Link)