Personal preparedness (COVID-19)

Everyone has a role to play in minimizing the impacts of COVID-19. There are practical steps that you and your family can take to prepare if COVID-19 starts to circulate in the community. As much as possible, Ontarians are encouraged to limit outings to essentials like going to work or school, picking up groceries, attending a medical appointment, or engaging in outdoor physical activity. For all outings, continue to practise COVID-safe behaviours like distancing and wearing a face covering. It’s important to assess your own personal situation and plan accordingly.

Here are things you can do to prepare:

Make a plan

Create a plan based on your needs and daily routines, including having other options for child, elder, and pet care. If someone gets sick, have a care plan.

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Communicate with family, friends, and neighbours

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Prepare to stay home if you are sick

Fill your cupboards now so you do not need to go shopping if you become sick. You don’t need to buy it all at once. Build your supplies gradually by buying extra items when you’re shopping.

Have a two week (14 days) supply of the following:

Learn more about what you can do to limit the spread of COVID-19 while shopping in stores or ordering food.

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Fill your prescriptions

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Make work arrangements

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Care for pets and other animals

There is currently no evidence that pets or other domestic animals play a role in the spread of COVID-19. To minimize risk, keep pets away from people and other animals until more is known.

Learn more about how to care for pets and other animals during COVID-19 (Public Health Ontario).

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Stay informed

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Review travel plans

While abroad, you may come in contact with the novel coronavirus.

Always follow the latest travel advice and advisories. Learn about active travel health notices (Government of Canada) related to the novel coronavirus.

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Learn more about symptoms and how to protect yourself from COVID-19.


This item was last modified on October 16, 2020