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General COVID-19 FAQs
General COVID-19 FAQs
Last updated: May 19, 2020, 12:28 PM
The risk of contracting COVID-19 in Ontario remains high, with the coronavirus pandemic continuing to spread through community contact. The Ontario government has eased some of the restrictions in the Declaration of Emergency but schools and postsecondary education institutions remain closed. Please remember: young people are not immune to the coronavirus; younger patients are showing up in hospital. Although younger people may recover more quickly or even be asymptomatic, they can infect elder family members who are more at risk of greater health consequences from COVID-19. Health authorities advise you can greatly reduce your chances of becoming infected by washing your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds. Everyone has to do their part by practicing social distancing (keeping 2 metres apart) and staying home as much as possible. Limit your trips to grocery stores and other essential services, and wear a face mask or scarf that covers your nose and mouth when you do venture out.
During the Declaration of Emergency, the government asks that you remain indoors, going to stores for essentials and going outside for exercise and fresh air ONLY IF YOU ARE HEALTHY. While out of your home please:
- Practice social distancing – keep six feet away from others not living in the same household as you
- Wear a mask or scarf that coves your nose and mouth where social distancing is not possible, such as in a grocery store
- Cover your sneeze or cough with a tissue, then place the tissue in the garbage and wash your hands, or cough/sneeze into your bent elbow
- Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer where soap and water are not readily available
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth without first washing your hands
- Do not shake or hold hands
When you return home, wash your hands using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Do not share personal items such as toothbrushes, utensils, drinks or towels.
It’s not too late to get your flu shot. You are much more likely to get a flu that is not COVID-19. The 2019-20 flu shot contains a number of antigens that stimulate an immune response to the most commonly expected viruses for the current flu season. If you have flu-like symptoms, the doctor will ask you if you have had this year’s flu shot. This will help them quickly rule out viruses included in the 2019-20 flu shot.
If you have a provincial health card, you can get your free flu shot from a doctor or nurse practitioner, at some local public health units, or at participating pharmacies. International students can get a free flu shot by visiting a local community health centre, including:
- Canadian Centre for Refugee and Immigration Healthcare, 4158 Sheppard Avenue East, 647-267-2176, by appointment Tuesdays and Thursdays
- TAIBU Community Health Centres, 27 Tapscott Road, Unit 1, (416) 644-3536
- List of other Ontario Community Health Centres
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