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Lower your chance of getting sick

If you’re at high risk for serious illness from COVID-19, it’s important to take actions to lower your chance of getting sick.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the washroom and when preparing food.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol if soap and water aren’t available.
    • Always keep some with you when outside of your home.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Practice physical distancing.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid crowds and large gatherings.

If you can’t maintain a distance of at least 2 meters from others, take the following measures:

What to do if you develop symptoms of COVID-19

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, stay home and reduce your contact with others:

  • Isolate yourself at home for 14 days to avoid spreading it to others.
    • If you live with others, stay in a separate room or keep a 2-metre distance.
  • Wear a medical mask (if not available, wear a non-medical mask or cloth face covering) if you’ll be:
    • in close contact with others
    • going out to access medical care
  • Call your health care provider or local public health authority, and tell them about your symptoms, then follow their instructions.

If you develop the symptoms listed below, call 9-1-1 and inform them that you may have COVID-19. The following symptoms should be considered urgent:

  • difficulty breathing, such as not being able to catch your breath
  • chest pain or pressure
  • confusion or difficulty waking up


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