How can I protect myself and others?
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the garbage and wash your hands. If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Distancing from others
- Please stay home if you feel ill
- Avoid shaking hands with others.
- Avoid close contact with people who are ill (stay 2 metres away at minimum)
- Avoid visiting hospitals and long-term care facilities
- Avoid having visitors at home as much as possible
- For visitors coming into the home, please ask them to stay 2 metres away and wash their hands
- Opt for delivery options and have items dropped off outside
- Place a signage outside your door (example below) to alert others and protect yourself:
Flattening the curve
Do I need to wear a mask?
You most likely will not need to wear a mask. If you are healthy, you only need to wear a mask if you are in close proximity to someone suspected to have COVID-19 at home. If you are coughing or sneezing and suspect you may have COVID-19, you can wear a mask to avoid spread of the virus to others.
It’s important to remember that masks are only effective if used with proper sanitation practices (see previous question) and if worn properly! Disposable face masks can only be used once (do not wear it again after taking it off). Before wearing the mask, wash your hands with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer. Take mask by the straps and orient it so the colored side faces outward and the metal strip part is at the top. Place the mask to your face and the straps over your ears. Then, pinch the metal strip to the bridge of your nose and pull down the mask’s bottom so it covers your mouth and chin. When taking your mask off, remove the straps from your ears and make sure that the front of the mask does not touch you or your clothes. After disposing of the mask, wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.
A video example of how to use a surgical mask properly can be found here:
How long do I have to practice self-isolation?
At the moment, we do not know exactly for how long we should practice self-isolation. It could be for weeks, months or even longer. Please keep following the advice from Public Health Ontario and stay informed by listening to your local news channel which has been updating the public on a daily basis.
A how to self-isolate fact sheet from Public Health Ontario can be found here.
The information in this doc has been compiled with sources from:
- Ontario Health: The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Link)
- World Health Organization: Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19) (Link)
- Ontario’s self assessment tool: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/#emergencyInfo
- Public Health Agency of Canada: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Prevention and risks (Link)
- CPSO: COVID-19 FAQs for patients (Link)
- Toronto Public Health https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/
- CAMH https://www.camh.ca/en/health-info/mental-health-and-covid-19#coping
- COVID-19 Canadian Financial Assistance doc (created by medical students)
- With additional help from FAQs compiled by medical students Jordynn Klein and Jeremy Rosh
- Additional question-specific resources listed throughout document