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Don’t judge

Kindness is important as some people may have difficulty putting on or taking off a mask or have difficulty breathing with a mask.

Who’s at risk?

While the virus can make anyone sick, there is an increased risk of a more severe outcome for:

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  • Those 65 and over.
  • Those living with a compromised immune system.
  • Those diagnosed with an underlying medical condition.

Mask up

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When worn properly, a mask can reduce the spread of infectious respiratory droplets and allow for easy breathing, your mask should fit securely to your head with ties or ear loops. Sanitize your hands before putting on and taking off your face covering. Make sure your mask:

  • Maintains its shape after washing and doesn’t gape.
  • Can be changed regularly and has at least 2 layers of tightly woven material, not plastic.
  • Isn’t shared with others or worn by children under two years.
  • Won’t impair vision or interfere with tasks.
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How coronavirus spreads

Human coronaviruses cause infections of the nose, throat and lungs. They are most commonly spread from person-to-person by close contact through:

  • Respiratory droplets generated when you cough or sneeze.
  • Close contact, such as touching or shaking hands.
  • Touching something with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.

Be a FluWatcher

Flu watchers is a government of Canada website where volunteers now track to help show where COVID-19 is circulating. See what FluWatchers are currently reporting at: www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/ diseases/flu-influenza/fluwatcher

Preventing coronavirus

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Coronaviruses are one of the easiest types of viruses to kill with the right disinfectant and when used according to directions. Health Canada has published a list of hard surface disinfectants that are likely to be effective for use against COVID-19. Preliminary information on COVID-19 suggests that the virus may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days depending on: temperature, type of surface and humidity of the environment.

Do I have COVID-19?

Concerned about having symptoms? Use this COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool: ca.thrive.health/covid19/en

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