COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus)

How to protect yourself

Coronaviruses are spread mainly from person to person through close contact, for example, in a household, workplace or health care centre. 

There is no vaccine available to protect against the 2019 novel coronavirus.

There are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses. 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

Other recommendations to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus include:

  • Avoid all non-essential trips in your community.
  • Do not gather in groups
  • Limit contact with people at higher risk (older adults and those in poor health)
  • If you leave your home, always keep a distance of at least two metres from others.

Face Coverings

You may consider using a face covering (non-medical mask such as a cloth mask or bandana) to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in areas where physical distancing may be challenging or not possible, such as:

  • public transit
  • smaller grocery stores or pharmacies
  • when you are receiving essential services

Face coverings will not protect you from getting COVID-19. Your best protection is to stay home, maintain physical distancing and wash your hands.