Safety tips for COVID-19

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.

Additional Resources:

B.C. Centre for Disease Control virus update
Government of Canada virus update
World Health Organization virus update
Government of Canada Travel Advice