Taking Care of Yourself and Others

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.

 

Masks
  • 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 

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 2metre 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.

 


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