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Health advice for COVID-19

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus that causes a respiratory infection.

You can help limit the spread of COVID-19 and minimize the impact to our community.

Physical distancing

COVID-19 is spread from person-to-person through close contact.

Peel Public Health recommends everyone stay at home when possible and reduce their interactions with others.

You can practice physical distancing by:

  • Avoiding physical contact, including handshakes
  • Staying a safe distance of two metres away from other people
  • Working from home when possible
  • Avoiding crowds and other places where people are close together, including playgrounds and other park facilities
  • Cancelling group gatherings

Social gatherings

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Province of Ontario issued a new emergency order on March 28 barring social gatherings and organized public events of more than five people, effective immediately.

This means:

  • Making “play dates” or “coffee chats” virtually or on the phone and not in person
  • Eliminating physical contact with people other than those in your immediate family living in the same house or when you go out for essential items such as groceries or prescriptions.

The only exceptions are:

  • Households that have more than five people (those that live at that address)
  • Operating Child Care Centres that are supporting front line workers and first responders provided the number is not higher than 50
  • Funerals are allowed to have up to 10 people

You can report gatherings of more than five people to 311 (905-615-4311 outside City limits).  A By-law Officer or security will investigate the complaint and may lay charges when appropriate.

How to protect yourself

Actions you can take to protect your health include:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose as much as possible
  • Sneeze and cough into a tissue or your sleeve or elbow
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Eat a healthy diet, exercise, and get enough sleep to enhance your body’s immune system
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Follow the advice from your healthcare provider if you’ve been asked to self-monitor or self-isolate

Getting tested for COVID-19

Common signs include fever and respiratory symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia and acute respiratory distress.

As with other illnesses, you should connect with a health care provider if you experience:

  • A high fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Trouble breathing

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, follow Peel Public Health’s instructions about getting tested. You should also self-isolate by staying at home and away from others.

Contact Peel Public Health

For more information and health advice about COVID-19, contact Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700. If you require immediate medical attention, call 911 and advise the operator of your symptoms.

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