Minimizing the Risk

Take these everyday steps to reduce exposure to the virus and protect your health:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • sneeze and cough into your sleeve
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • avoid contact with people who are sick
  • stay home if you are sick
  • wear a mask
  • follow protocols mandated in stores, restaurants, and public spaces

Practice Physical Distancing

With the rise in COVID-19 cases from community transmission, everyone in the community should be practicing physical distancing to reduce their exposure to other people and slow the spread of the disease.  Practice physical distancing by:

  • avoiding crowded places and non-essential gatherings
  • avoiding common greetings, such as handshakes, hugs
  • limiting contact with people at higher risk (e.g. older adults and those in poor health)
  • keeping a distance of at least 2 arms lengths (approximately 2 metres) from others, as much as possible

Symptoms of COVID-19

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • fever
  • cough
  • difficulty breathing
  • muscle aches
  • fatigue
  • headache
  • sore throat
  • runny nose

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you should self-isolate at home and seek clinical assessment over the phone.  Contact your primary care provider or Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000).

Community Resources

For the latest information on COVID-19, see the Ontario Government’s COVID-19 page (

COVID-19 Patient Resources

Telehealth Ontario

Ontario Goverment COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information Page

COVID-19 Assessment Centre Locations

How to Properly Wash Hands and Use Sanitizer

Social Distancing – What Does It Mean and How Can We Practice It

Self Assessment Tool (Telus Health)

Self Assessment (Ontario Government)

How to Self Monitor (Ontario Public Health)

How to Self Isolate (Ontario Public Health)

Self-Isolation:  Guide for Caregivers, Household Members and Close Contacts (Ontario Public Health)

Know the Difference:  Self Monitoring, Self-Isolation and Isolation for COVID-19 (Public Health Agency of Canada)

How to Isolate at Home When You Have COVID-19 (Public Health Agency of Canada)