The Dos and Don’ts of social distancing

2020-03-23 11:43:50 AM

Dos and Don’ts of social distancing, as advised by the Public Health Agency of Canada and Women’s College Hospital:
 
DO
  • Stay home as much as possible.
  • Get fresh air, go for a jog or walk your dog but always keep two metres (six feet or about two arms-lengths) distance from other people.
  • Go to the grocery store or pharmacy as needed but keep the two-metre distance and wash your hands upon your return home. Shopping online and arranging to have things dropped off at your home is even better.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the washroom and when preparing food. The extra scrubbing time matters. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.
  • Practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette. By coughing/sneezing into a tissue, or into your sleeve or arm (and immediately washing your hands afterwards).
  • Clean your hands before eating and drinking. For tips around proper hand hygiene, download a brochure here.
  • Clean high-touch surfaces frequently with regular household cleaners or diluted bleach (1 part bleach to 9 parts water). This includes things like doorknobs, toys, toilets, phones, electronics, remote controls and bedside tables.
  • Use technology to keep in touch with people at higher risk like the elderly or those in poor health.
 
DON'TS
  • Avoid non-essential gatherings. That means no visits with your neighbours or friends, no play dates, no sleepovers, no parties
  • Don’t shake hands or kiss cheeks in greeting.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.