COVID Tip Sheet
Individuals over 60 years of age and those with pre-existing health conditions are most at risk of severe symptoms from COVID-19.
- wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your face
- cough or sneeze into the bend of your arm
- avoid touching surfaces people touch often
- self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 including:
- difficulty breathing
- practice physical distancing
What does physical distancing mean?
This means making changes in your everyday routines in order to minimize close contact with others, including:
- avoiding crowded places and non-essential gatherings
- avoiding common greetings, such as handshakes
- limiting contact with people at higher risk (e.g. older adults and those in poor health)
- keeping a distance of at least 2 arms lengths (approximately 2 metres) from others, as much as possible
Does this mean social isolation?
Remember, physical distancing (that is, keeping physical distance between people) does not mean social isolation. It is so important to keep seniors engaged. A lot of times, a phone call is what is needed. Social isolation and loneliness can have negative impacts on seniors’ health. We all need to make sure we keep seniors mentally engaged while physically keeping them protected from the infection.
Connect with your community and have fun at our new Well Connected program that’s held every Wednesday from 10 am to 11 am!