Ontario doctors ask you to do the following to keep yourself, your loved ones and your community safe this weekend and beyond.
1. Get the first vaccine available to you.
They are all safe and effective.
2. Celebrate only with members of your household.
The virus is spread when people come into contact with each other. It is essential that you avoid meeting with anyone other than members of the household. If you live alone, you may want to consider joining another household. It doesn’t mean that you can’t connect with your friends and family. As we did during the winter holiday season, explore virtual options to celebrate together and create new virtual traditions.
3. Wear a mask.
Wearing a mask prevents you from spreading the virus to others. Keep your mask on unless you are home with your roommates or outside and can maintain a guaranteed minimum distance of two meters from others. Remember to wash your mask – and your hands – frequently.
4. Avoid traveling.
Stay at home. Do not travel between regions, provinces or countries except for essential reasons. Traveling is a major risk because you could unknowingly transport the virus and its variants to a new area or bring it back to your community. The best way to stay safe is to stay where you are.
5. Don’t assume that two weeks of isolation before a meeting is safe.
It is difficult to maintain a true quarantine without contact. Even a single trip on public transport, a stop at the store, or a lack of physical distance could endanger everyone you meet with. This weekend, the best way to get together is virtually.
6. Get tested iIf you think you have COVID.
If you have confirmed or suspected exposure to COVID-19 or are showing symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested for COVID-19. Testing is essential to understanding where and how COVID-19 is spreading in the community. If there is a chance that you have COVID-19, getting tested and confirmed is the best gift you can give to your community.
7. Track your contacts if you get COVID.
If you do get COVID-19, you MUST trace your contacts so that anyone you may have exposed to the virus will know how to get tested. It also allows your public health unit to trace the transmission of the virus in your community. You can track your contacts by downloading the COVID Alert app or manually logging where you go and who you come in contact with. Link to our pocket journal.
8. Connect virtually with others who may be alone.
Staying connected virtually with friends and family, especially those who are vulnerable, live alone, or are elderly, is a great way to safely celebrate Spring Break..
9. Take care of your mental health.
Limitations needed on another holiday can impact your mental health. Pay attention to how you are feeling and try to talk about the emotions you are feeling. If you need additional support, seek help from a qualified professional. Those you love may also have mental health issues. If you can, contact them virtually to listen to them and help them feel supported.
10. Talk about your health and safety concerns.
If you feel pressured to participate in an unsafe activity or gathering, be honest with your concerns. If a loved one shares concerns about an activity with you, it’s important that you listen to them and respect their wishes. Everyone cares about their health. The best gift you can give is to be honest about your intentions to protect your health and the health of those around you, and to listen to others when they communicate their intentions to you.
For more information on how to stay safe, visit https://www.askontariodoctors.ca/
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