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