As COVID-19 spreads, common surfaces like clothing racks and dining tables suddenly seem suspect. We’ve gathered a few tips for you to implement easy precautionary practices in your day-to-day lives.
What you can do
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or by using alcohol-based hand sanitizers
- Practice respiratory hygiene: cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or elbow
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
- Maintain social distancing
- Avoid touching surfaces with your fingertips (ex: use an object such as a pen, or even your knuckle, to press an elevator button)
- Stay away if you feel sick
Beyond health concerns, COVID-19 will impact many industries and small businesses heavily. Support small/local businesses by buying your groceries and supplies from local grocers, choosing local coffee shops, and restaurant food delivery.
Checking for symptoms:
If you or someone you know is experiencing possible COVID-19 symptoms, call the provincial health information hotline at 8-1-1, or contact the B.C. Centre for Disease Control at 1-833-784-4397.
You can also conduct an initial self-diagnosis using helpful information from the provincial government’s HealthLinkBC page.