We have gathered some useful information and tips to help you take care of yourself and others around you during the pandemic:Quick Tips
Here are some tips to help you maintain strong health for you and your loved ones during the pandemic:
- COVID-19 is transmitted via larger liquid droplets when a person coughs or sneezes. The virus can enter through these droplets through the eyes, nose or throat if you are in close contact.
- The virus is not known to be airborne (e.g. transmitted through the particles floating in the air) and it is not something that comes in through the skin.
- It can be spread by touch if a person has used their hands to cover their mouth or nose when they cough. That’s why we recommend you cough or sneeze into your arm and wash your hands regularly.
- Avoiding picking up and passing COVID-19:
- The most important thing you can do to prevent infection is to wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your face.
- If a sink is not available, alcohol based hand rubs (ABHR) with at least 60% alcohol, can be used to clean your hands as long as they are not visibly soiled. If they are visibly soiled, use a wipe and then ABHR to effectively clean them.
- Practice social (physical) distancing by maintaining distance between other people (approximately 1-2 metres), and avoid any unnecessary travel, shopping, going out to eat, going to bars, and/or going to crowded spaces.
- Do not touch your face, eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your mouth and nose with disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow when you sneeze or cough.
- Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
- Do not share food, drinks, utensils, etc.
- Avoiding picking up and passing COVID-19:
- Facemasks can be worn to help protect those around you and should be worn by people who are sick.
- Wearing masks and/or face-coverings are recommended in places where It is not possible to consistently maintain a 2-metre physical distance from others, particularly in crowded public settings. In many places using masks is now mandatory such as:
- many stores
- shopping areas
- public transportation
- Wearing a mask alone will not prevent the spread of COVID-19. You must consistently and strictly stick to good hygiene and public health measures, including frequent hand washing and physical (social) distancing.
Appropriate use of non-medical mask or face covering
Non-medical face masks or face coverings should:
- allow for easy breathing
- fit securely to the head with ties or ear loops
- maintain their shape after washing and drying
- be changed as soon as possible if damp or dirty
- be comfortable and not require frequent adjustment
- be made of at least 2 layers of tightly woven material fabric (such as cotton or linen)
- be large enough to completely and comfortably cover the nose and mouth without gaping
Some masks also include a pocket to accommodate a paper towel or disposable coffee filter, for increased benefit.
Non-medical masks or face coverings should:
- not be shared with others
- not impair vision or interfere with tasks
- not be placed on children under the age of 2 years
- not be made of plastic or other non-breathable materials
- not be secured with tape or other inappropriate materials
- not be made exclusively of materials that easily fall apart, such as tissues
- not be placed on anyone unable to remove them without assistance or anyone who has trouble breathing
See the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Do’s and Don’ts for o safely use a non-medical mask or face covering for further guidance.
Do your part. Wear a non-medical mask or face covering to protect others when you can’t maintain a 2–metre distance.
Non-medical masks are not recommended for:
- people who suffer from an illness or disabilities that make it difficult to put on or take off a mask
- those who have difficulty breathing
- children under the age of 2 years
Don’t judge others for not wearing a mask. Kindness is important as some people may not be able to wear a mask or face covering.
Staying Calm & Coping with Stress
We developed the infographic below with our counselors to support you in navigating through the stress and anxiety potentially caused by the COVID-19 pandemic:
If you are unable to access or view the infographic above, please consider downloading this PDF version.