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With the global pandemic still ongoing, it’s more important than ever to protect yourself from COVID-19. Below, we share our top three tips for staying safe this winter.
By now, most people aren’t leaving the house without some sort of face mask or covering. This behaviour must continue in order to stay healthy this winter and curb the spread of COVID-19. Face masks reduce the spread of the virus by preventing droplets that others might breathe, cough, or sneeze out from entering your nose or mouth. Masks are especially important in indoor settings with poor ventilation and where a distance of six feet from others cannot be maintained. Canada’s top doctor, Theresa Tam, has recommended choosing a non-medical mask that has three layers. What this means is a mask with two fabric layers, as well as a third filter layer. And as always, ensure the mask fits you properly and adequately covers your nose, mouth, and chin.
Meeting up with friends is about to get a little more difficult. In the past, as the weather gets colder, people take this as their cue to start swapping backyard barbecues for indoor dinner parties. Unfortunately, indoor gatherings are no longer safe due to COVID-19. Studies have shown that the risks of meeting others indoors, especially in settings where you aren’t wearing masks or social distancing, are much greater. This winter, rather than inviting your friends or family members inside your home, try meeting a friend for an outdoor walk or hosting a virtual party. While we know these aren’t ideal alternatives, just remember that it’s only temporary.
Until a vaccine is widely disseminated, the threat of COVID-19 is a reality that we’re going to continue living with. In order to keep yourself safe this winter, it’s important to recognize the symptoms and be able to identify whether a symptom you have could be COVID-19 or is something else entirely. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 include fatigue, fever, and a dry cough, while less common symptoms range from headaches, sore throat, and loss of taste or smell to red eyes and diarrhea. Some of these symptoms overlap with the common cold or flu, so generally speaking, it’s best to be cautious. If you are experiencing one or more of the symptoms listed above, stay home, avoid contact with others, and call your doctor.
As winter approaches, COVID-19 cases are increasing all over the world. To keep yourself and others safe, learning basic first aid can help. Sign up for the L.I.T. First Aid and Lifeguard Training courses to learn important first aid skills and CPR.