COVID-19: Reduce Your Risk

Tips for remaining healthy

Handwashing continues to be the best way to protect yourself from viruses including seasonal respiratory illnesses like influenza, along with COVID-19. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds (or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available). Other tips for remaining healthy:

  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve or arm.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Frequently clean and disinfect touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Avoid visiting those who may be more vulnerable to infections, including those in hospital as well as retirement and long-term-care homes, until you are feeling better.
  • If you are ill and must visit a hospital emergency department, clinic or other health care provider, call ahead and tell them when you arrive that you have a respiratory illness and wear a mask while waiting to be seen. This allows health care workers to reduce the potential spread of illness.

Stay informed

Residents are encouraged to stay informed by regularly reviewing credible sources of information.