Last Updated: February 12, 2021 at 4:53 p.m.

If you are caring for or living with someone who has COVID-19, you are considered a close contact. Be sure to tell any health care providers that you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19. The new COVID-19 variants of concern may spread more easily. It more important than ever to carefully follow these public health practices.

Wash Your Hands Often

  • Wash your hands with soap and water after each contact with the infected person
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available

Wear a Mask and Gloves

Wear a mask and gloves when you have contact with the person’s saliva or other body fluids (e.g. blood, sweat, saliva, vomit, urine and feces)

Dispose of Gloves & Mask After Use

  • Take the gloves and mask off right after you provide care and dispose of them in the wastebasket lined with the plastic bag
  • Take off the gloves first and clean your hands with soap and water before taking off your mask
  • Clean your hands again with soap and water before touching your face or doing anything else

Only Essential Visitors

  • Only have visitors who you must see and keep the visits short (e.g. support or home care professionals)
  • Keep seniors and people with chronic medical conditions (e.g. diabetes, lung problems, and immune deficiency) away from the infected person

Avoid Sharing Household Items

  • Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, bedding or other items with the person under investigation
  • After use, these items should be washed with soap or detergent in warm water. No special soap is needed
  • Dishwashers and washing machines can be used
  • Do not share cigarettes


  • Clean your home with regular household cleaners
  • Clean regularly touched items such as toilets, sink tap handles, doorknobs and bedside tables on a daily basis

Wash Laundry Thoroughly

  • There is no need to separate laundry, but you should wear gloves when handling
  • Clean your hands with soap and water immediately after removing your gloves

Be Careful When Touching Waste

  • All waste can go into regular garbage bins
  • When emptying wastebaskets, take care to not touch used tissues with your hands
    • Lining the wastebasket with a plastic bag makes waste disposal easier and safer
  • Clean your hands with soap and water after emptying a wastebasket

Public Health Ontario Guide

Read the Public Health Ontario guide (also available in Amharic | Arabic | Bengali | Simplified Chinese | Traditional Chinese | Dari | Eastern Ojibwe | Farsi | French | German | Greek | Gujarati | Hindi | Italian | Japanese | Korean | Mohawk | Oji-Cree | Pashto | Polish | Portuguese | Punjabi | Romanian | Russian | Somali | Spanish | Swampy Cree | Tagalog | Tamil | Ukrainian | Urdu | Vietnamese).

For information in French about COVID-19, please visit the Government of Ontario’s website and Public Health Ontario portal.