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COVID-19: Protecting Yourself

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory infections like bronchitis, pneumonia or severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). A novel coronavirus (CoV) is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans. The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory infection that originated in Wuhan, China. The first presumptive case of this virus in Ontario was identified on January 25, 2020.

Reducing the spread of COVID-19 is everyone’s responsibility:

  • It is recommended that you limit close contact to members of your immediate household
  • Maintain physical distancing
  • Follow provincial gathering limits
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Masks are required in indoor public spaces
  • Also wear a mask indoors and outdoors when you are unable to maintain a physical distance of 2 metres from anyone you do not live with.
  • Frequently clean commonly touched surfaces
  • Practice proper coughing and sneezing etiquette