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.
- Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. Sing a song like ‘Happy Birthday’ to help children know how long to hand wash.
- Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, mouth with your hands
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your arm/sleeve
- Stay at least two metres away from other people when you are out in the community
- Avoid contact with anyone (child or adult) who has travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days or who has symptoms of illness (cough, fever, shortness of breath).
- Disinfect all common surfaces including toys.
- Using Shared Laundry Facilities During the COVID-19 Pandemic
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!
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
Connect with friends and family via phone, email or video chatting
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.