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COVID-19: Reduce the Spread | Resident & Family Newsletter | Apr 2020

April 2020 | Be Well — Be Safe | View PDF

MONITOR YOURSELF FOR SYMPTOMS OF THE VIRUS

If you start experiencing any of these symptoms and have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or have travelled within the last 14 days:

  1. Self-isolate immediately
  2. Call your health care practitioner or your public health unit. They will identify if you need to be tested for COVID-19

Symptoms

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
DURATION OF SELF-ISOLATION
  • If you tested positive for COVID-19: self-isolate until you are cleared by public health.
  • If you have travelled recently: self-isolate for 14 days after your return to Canada (even if not experiencing symptoms)
HOW TO SELF-ISOLATE

Stay home: avoid public places or using public transit

Avoid contact with others: stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom, if possible. If no other bathroom is available make sure the bathroom gets disinfected after each use.

Keep Distance: if you have to be in a room with others, keep a distance of at least two meters or six feet.

Avoid sharing household items (dishes, cups, eating utensils, etc)

Wear a mask if you have to leave the house to prevent spreading the infection.

Wash your hands often (especially after coughing or sneezing) with soap and water for 20 to 40 seconds making sure you clean thumbs, between fingers and under nails. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or cough into your elbow.

Clean and disinfect:

  • Ask your caregiver or a family member to assist with cleaning and disinfecting regularly touched items (e.g. toilets, sink tap handles doorknobs and bedside tables) on a daily basis.
  • Use 70% alcohol or a diluted bleach solution (5 tbsp or 1/3 cup bleach per gallon of water, or 4 tsp bleach per quart of water).

References:
1. https://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/diseases-and-conditions/infectious-diseases/respiratory-diseases/novel-coronavirus/public-resources

2. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/cleaning-disinfection.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fcommunity%2Fhome%2Fcleaning-disinfection.html

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