Last updated: January 19, 2021 at 4:05 p.m.
Tailored health advice for people with specific needs to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, people may experience emotions and face situations that influence their consumption of alcohol, cannabis or other drugs. Alcohol and cannabis use is associated with some diseases that can make a person more vulnerable to COVID-19, and may influence the outcome of a COVID-19 infection.
Learn more about substance use during COVID-19 and what you can do to minimize risks to your health:
If you need support for a substance use issue, visit our Mental Health Resources page to find community-specific resources.
Learn more about caring for a baby when you have COVID-19.
There is limited information available about the effect of COVID-19 on pregnant individuals and babies. However, there is information about pregnancy and other respiratory viruses, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), which we can learn from.
Learn more about COVID-19 and Pregnancy.
Children use play to explore their environment, grow their imagination and discover new opportunities. Playing outside is fun, exciting and important for healthy child development. Here are some strategies to reduce the risk of COVID-19 while encouraging outdoor play.
When children play outside they:
The COVID-19 Resource List for Families provides parenting supports and information for families to meet their mental health, financial, housing and food security needs during the pandemic.
Routine immunization for infants and toddlers is still important during COVID-19. Vaccine preventable diseases are still spreading globally. Waiting to vaccinate can leave children vulnerable to diseases. Vaccines should only be postponed if your child is sick with respiratory symptoms to prevent any possible spread of COVID-19.
Immunization is not just for kids. The vaccines you need may depend on your age, health condition, occupation, travel habits, environment, and lifestyle. Talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need to be vaccinated during COVID19 and how to safely attend a clinic.
For information about COVID-19 vaccines and their availability in Toronto, please visit our COVID-19 vaccines page.
COVID-19 is a respiratory disease. The main source of infection is from close contact with someone who has COVID-19. People are contagious before they show symptoms, and so keeping our distance is the most important step to protecting ourselves, our family and our friends.
In general, the risk for severe illness from COVID-19 increases with age. Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear. Refer to COVID-19 information for seniors to learn how you can reduce your risk.
Have questions? Call Toronto Public Health at 416-338-7600 (8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.).
Wear a mask when leaving your home, or in shared areas of residential buildings.
If you have symptoms or have been told that you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19:
If you, or someone you know have chest pain, shortness of breath, weakness or dizziness please take them to the emergency room. If the person is not well enough to drive, call 911.
Health Canada has approved COVID-19 vaccines for use in Canada. The vaccine will protect you from getting sick with COVID-19. At this time there is a limited supply of vaccines in Ontario. The provincial government has a three phase plan to distribute vaccines starting with health care workers in hospitals and long-term care homes. As more vaccines arrive, the vaccination program will be expanded. Visit www.toronto.ca/COVID19 to stay informed.
Do not delay visits to your health care provider if you have health concerns. Continue with your prescribed medication and treatment plans. Do not make changes without talking with your health care provider.
Do not purchase products with claims to protect you against COVID-19. Do not give out personal information to unsolicited callers. Toronto Public Health staff will never ask for your credit card or social insurance number.
Download this handy COVID-19 information sheet with safety tips and resources for seniors and their caregivers.
How to Protect Yourself from COVID-19: Older Adults & People with Chronic Medical Conditions or Weakened Immune Systems (Comment se protéger contre la COVID-19 : Personnes âgées et personnes ayant des problèmes de santé chroniques ou un système immunitaire affaibli) (Public Health Ontario)
A new City of Toronto bylaw requires people to wear masks or face coverings when inside public spaces. COVID-19 can spread before someone develops symptoms. By wearing a mask or face covering, we can protect each other.
Some people who are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing cannot wear face coverings because they rely on facial movements and lip-reading to communicate. If you meet someone not wearing a face covering, be understanding. It is not always obvious when someone is deaf, deafened or hard of hearing.
There are limited reports of animals becoming infected with COVID-19. If you are caring for a pet during the COVID-19 pandemic you should:
Learn about caring for your pet during COVID-19. Read also Public Health Ontario’s advice for caring for your pet if you have COVID-19 or you or your pet have been exposed to COVID-19.
Toronto Animal Services (TAS) is offering advice and assistance to pet owners who are experiencing hardship and struggling to care and provide necessities for their pets due to COVID-19.
The COVID-19 pandemic may be challenging to parents who are not living together but are co-parenting their children. Below are some tips to help you work together during this stressful time.
Also read the Public Health Agency of Canada’s fact sheet for vulnerable populations.