Updated: April 7, 2020

It’s essential to reduce the risk of COVID-19 to your family. For now, this means practising physical distancing and staying home as much as possible. Only go out for essentials, like groceries, medicine and to access health care. 

If your child feels unwell

If anyone in your family starts to feel unwell (fever, new cough or difficulty breathing), they should self-isolate immediately. 

Use the Ontario’s Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool  to determine if you need to seek further care.  Based on the self assessment results, contact Telehealth at 1-866-797-0000 or the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5020 for further guidance  

Activities to try

Please Note: The Ontario government has closed all sports fields, playgrounds and other outdoor recreational facilities for the timebeing. Do NOT use any of these amenities!

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Spend time outside, but close to your home. Only walk the dog when necessary! If you’re out, maintain a two-metre (six-foot) distance from others 

Try new crafts and games together 

Replace screen time with family time and these activities 

Connect with friends and family via phone, email or video chatting  

Check out resources to keep learning while at home

Click on the Ontario Ministry of Education website for more resources to help students learn at home

Access UNICEF’s Parenting Tips During COVID-19 Factsheet for more help on supporting and engaging your children during this pandemic.

Remember: While you may not feel sick, and being at home may not be ideal, these measures are essential to slow the spread of COVID-19 to those who are most vulnerable.