Northern Health is working hard to keep Northerners healthy and safe. As COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, you may wonder what tools you still have to protect yourself.
Over the past few years, we’ve learned what helps keep us healthy. These tools can help us to find balance and stay safe as restrictions are eased.
In this short animated video, we review the COVID-19 tools we have in our toolkits to help us stay healthy and safe:
- Tool #1 – Handwashing
Washing your hands often helps stop the spread of germs like COVID-19. Using soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds is best. If soap and water aren’t available, use hand sanitizer instead.
- Tool #2 – Masks
Masks are one of tools we use to help stop the spread. Even though the mask mandate has lifted, you’re still encouraged to use masks in crowds, when physical distancing is not possible, or if it makes you feel more comfortable.
- Tool #3 – Physical Distancing
Physical distancing means limiting close contact with other people. Try to keep at least two metres away.
It’s important to remember that even if you feel comfortable, others may not be – respect other people’s comfort levels.
- Tool #4 – Monitor symptoms and test
Self-monitoring is when you check yourself or loved ones for symptoms of COVID-19. If you develop symptoms, be sure to test for COVID-19.
Free rapid tests are available for anyone 18 years and older. For a list of participating pharmacies in your area visit the BC Pharmacies website.
- Tool #5 – Stay home when sick
If you aren’t feeling well, even if you think it’s just a cold, stay home. If you do go out, remember to wash your hands and wear a mask.
- Tool #6 – Vaccines
The COVID-19 vaccine is saving lives. The more people who are immunized, the harder it is for COVID-19 to spread. Vaccines help to reduce the risk of serious illness and hospitalization. Book your vaccination appointment today!
To see each of the COVID safety tools we have at our disposal in action, watch the full video.
And remember, we’re all in this together – thanks for doing your part!