Last updated: September 18, 2020 at 11:30 a.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:
A social circle allows families to safely increase the number of close contacts they can interact with and not have to physical distance. In Ontario, we can now select 10 people to be in our social circle. The group of 10 will include people you live with and people who visit your home most often, like a babysitter or caregiver. For more information, visit create a social circle.
Currently, there isn’t a vaccine for COVID-19, however vaccinating 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.
COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus. The virus spreads from close contact with respiratory droplets of a person with COVID-19. Some people may unknowingly spread the infection before their symptoms appear. Others may not have symptoms, but are still contagious.
In general, the risk for severe illness from COVID-19 increases with age. People most at risk are adults over the age of 70, and people with chronic health conditions. Knowing the facts about COVID-19 and how to prevent it can reduce the spread of infection to you and the people around you.
Wearing a mask or face covering helps prevent the spread of our respiratory droplets and germs to others. Masks are non-invasive, inexpensive, and can help save lives. They also serve as a reminder to continue with physical distancing and other prevention measures.
COVID-19 symptoms may be different depending on your age. Some people may have mild or no symptoms. For older adults, some may have non-specific symptoms such as confusion, feeling disorientated, sleeping more than usual, muscle aches, dizziness, weakness, falls, chills or headaches.
Be aware of frauds and scams. Some people may use false pretense to try and get your personal information. Toronto Public Health staff will never ask you for your credit card or social insurance number. There are no drugs approved for the prevention of COVID-19.
Download this handy COVID-19 information sheet with safety tips and resources for seniors and their caregivers.
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.
Read Toronto Public Health’s tips for preparing for school during 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.