How can you protect yourself and your family from the coronavirus?
. Avoid non-essential travel to countries or areas where cases of the
coronavirus have been identified.
. Wash your hands frequently to prevent exposure to the virus. Just like any
other virus, germs can be spread by touch. If you are using alcohol-based hand sanitizer, make sure it
contains at least 60% alcohol for best results.
. Disinfect surfaces that are used by others. COVID-19, like many other
viruses, is thought to live on surfaces from several hours up to a few days. This can lead to exposure to
the virus by touching the infected surface and then touching your nose, eyes or mouth. Wash your hands after
*Equip your home with basic medical supplies, including:
. Thermometer – It is important to be able to monitor your temperature if you
start to develop cough or other symptoms of a virus. Get a thermometer from your local pharmacy and make
sure it is working properly.
. Over-the-counter remedies to treat symptoms – This should include fever and
pain reducers, as well as cough medications.
- Fluids – Keep plenty of water and electrolyte replacements on hand.
. Discuss the postponement of non-essential medical procedures with your
. Consider alternative child care options if daycares and schools were to
. Talk to your employer about their plan if an outbreak occurs in your local
area, including remote work and office closures.
. Purchase water and food supplies that can last for more than two weeks. In
the event of local spread, stores may be closed temporarily.
. Make sure you have up to a 3-month supply of any prescription medications you
are taking at home. Reach out to your doctor to request refills or an extra supply for chronic medications.
. Use a mask if you have respiratory symptoms (coughing or sneezing), have a
suspected COVID-19 infection with mild symptoms, or are caring for someone with a suspected COVID-19
. If you are feeling sick, consider using a virtual care provider instead of
going in-person to an urgent care facility or emergency room to limit your exposure to others who may have