Tips to Help If COVID-19 becomes common in your community, you will want to have thought about how to change your behaviours and routines to reduce the risk of infection.

  • Do your grocery shopping at off-peak hours
  •  Buy the essentials and adhere to the limits so everyone can purchase essential items: (i.e.: toilet paper, water, soap, hand sanitizer, paper towels, detergents, cleaning supplies, garbage bags for soiled waste for example)
  • Practice frequent hand hygiene and coughing and sneezing etiquette. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, such as toys and door handles.
  • Now and always during cold and flu season, stay home if you are sick. Encourage those you know are sick to stay home until they no longer have symptoms.
  • Avoid individuals in hospitals and long-term care centres, especially older adults and those with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems
  •  Cover your mouth and nose with your arm when coughing and sneezing.
  • Refill your prescriptions now so that you do not have to go to a busy pharmacy if you do become sick.
  • Limit your activities with you and your family. Do not have friends over or have your kids visit other friends.
  • Avoid individuals in hospitals and long-term care centres, especially older adults and those with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems
  •  opt, to exercise outdoors instead of in an indoor fitness class
  • Have supplies delivered to your home instead of running errands
  • Supplies should be dropped off outside to ensure a 2-metre distance
  •  Stay informed by Professional Media Reports. Do not rely on social Media alone for information.  (it could be false or fake information).

Anyone who has travelled internationally should stay at home and monitor themselves for symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath for 14 days after their return. If they become ill, they should contact the Leeds Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit at 613-345-5685 to be assessed over the phone for the need for testing. No one who doesn’t have symptoms will be tested.

There is no need to wear a mask if you are well and are not caring for someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Wearing a mask may provide a false sense of security and may actually increase the chance of becoming ill as people continually check their masks and touch their faces without first having cleaned their hands. If you have any respiratory symptoms, you should call ahead before you visit your health care provider and put a mask on before you enter the waiting room.

 (This informational tips from the Health Canada Website and Leeds Grenville & Lanark Health Units Website>

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