Taking Care of Yourself

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.

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.

Check out the additional resources we are recommending to you to help keep you informed of COVID-19 developments and good self-care practices.