Last updated: May 25, 2020 at 5 p.m.
Everyone should avoid non-essential trips in the community. Avoid close contact and keep a distance of 6 feet (2 metres) from others. Everyone has a role to play. The actions you take will protect you, loved ones and those most vulnerable in our community. It’s time to step up, not out.
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed:
As we slowly return to some sense of normalcy, we need to continue physical distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Everyone has a role to play. The actions you take will help protect you and everyone in our community.
Be respectful of others who choose not to wear a mask. Some health conditions make it hard to breathe when wearing a mask.
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The best protection from COVID-19 is to keep two metres (or six feet) from others, wash your hands often and avoid non-essential trips in the community. Wearing a cloth face mask or face covering has not been proven to protect the person wearing it, but it can be an added measure to protect others around you, even if you have no symptoms. It is important that you use and clean your mask properly. Using a mask incorrectly can accidentally spread infection to yourself.
Do not use N95 and surgical masks, as they are in limited supply and urgently needed for healthcare workers.
It is strongly recommended that you wear a face mask or covering when you are unable to maintain a two metre (six feet) distance from others, such as on transit, in an elevator, when shopping or entering and leaving your apartment building.
If you are sick, wear a mask if you need to go to a medical appointment. Do not use public transit.
A good cloth mask or face covering should:
Masks or face coverings should not:
Follow instructions provided by your employer regarding the option of choosing to wear a non-medical mask or face covering.
It is extremely important that we keep the supply of medical masks for healthcare workers where they are urgently needed for medical procedures, and to care for individuals who have COVID-19. Healthcare workers need medical masks, including N95 and surgical masks.
There is no evidence that COVID-19 is spread by food or food packaging. Wiping down containers or packaging is not necessary. In general, you can lower your risk of infection by following safe food handling practices.
It is important to:
Read Toronto Public Health’s guidance on shopping for essentials.
Consensual sex can be a way of dealing with anxiety or fulfilling and expressing our needs for intimacy. It can also be pleasurable and help pass the time when isolated indoors. But is it safe to have sex during COVID-19? Sexual contact with new partners or persons who are not in the same household is not recommended at this time.
Safer sexual practices may prevent unintended pregnancy and STIs, but it will not prevent infection from COVID-19. COVID-19 can spread through close physical contact.
Learn more about safer sex during COVID-19.
On December 31, 2019, Chinese health authorities identified a new (or novel) coronavirus (referred to as COVID-19) through a series of reported cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, China. It is thought that this new coronavirus originated in animals.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that circulate both in humans and animals. Human coronaviruses are common and are typically associated with mild illness, similar to the common cold and spread easily between people. There are however, strains of coronaviruses that have spread from animals to humans which have caused more severe illness in humans in the past, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). These tend to have more difficulty spreading from person to person.
COVID-19 spreads through the direct contact with the respiratory droplets of someone who is infected with the virus through their cough or sneeze. These droplets can spread up to 2 metres, or 6 feet. It may also be possible for a person to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.
Learn how emergency orders, directives and bylaws impact you, including the Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health’s directives for residents of Toronto issued on April 1.