Unfortunately, we've seen an increase in cases of COVID-19 in both Ontario and Canada in recent weeks. As our frontline workers continue to work hard in this battle, you may be wondering what steps you can take to help flatten the curve and keep cases at bay.
Other than washing your hands regularly, wearing a mask, and maintaining physical and social distance, below are 3 things we can all do to help.
1. Get the seasonal flu shot.
The Ontario government has purchased more doses of the seasonal flu shot this year than ever before. While the seasonal flu shot does NOT cover COVID-19, it does lessen your chances of contracting the seasonal flu and requiring hospital care (and taking up capacity that would otherwise be used to treat COVID-19 patients). It's free and you can find a location to get your shot here.
2. Download the COVID Alert App.
The COVID Alert App helps track and break the cycle of infection. The app uses your phone's Bluetooth to transmit random codes with nearby phones. Every day, it checks a list of random codes from people who tell the app they've tested positive. If you've been near one of those codes in the past 14 days, you'll get a notification that you have been exposed (with a recommendation to go get tested). The app does NOT use GPS or collect your personal information (such as name, your locations, phone's contacts, etc.). It's free and available to download here.
3. Go digital, whenever possible.
You're likely already limiting trips outside your home to those that are absolutely essential - work, medical appointments, grocery runs, etc. Fortunately, with the technology we have today, we have many options to move even these essential activities online. Many grocery stores offer a delivery or "order ahead and pick-up" option. Most doctors' offices are now offering telehealth appointments. See if your workplace can accommodate virtual meetings, if they haven't already.