Be prepared (COVID-19)

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Plan ahead

There are simple, practical things you can do to prepare in case you or someone in your household becomes ill or if COVID-19 becomes common in your community.

Make a plan that includes:

  • Essential supplies (a few weeks’ worth) on hand so you will not need to leave your home if you become ill.
    • Avoid panic buying. Add a few extra items to your cart every time you shop. This places less of a burden on suppliers, and can help ease financial burden on you as well.
    • Renew and refill your prescription medications.
  • Alternative arrangements in case you become ill or if you need to care for a sick family member. For example:
    • Have backup childcare in case you or your usual care provider become ill.
    • If you care for dependents, have a backup caregiver in place.
    • Talk to your employer about working from home if possible.
  • Reducing your exposure to crowded places if COVID-19 becomes common in your community. For example:
    • Shop and use public transit during off-peak hours
    • Exercise outdoors instead of in an indoor fitness club

Shopping list

Food

  • dried pasta and rice
  • pasta sauces
  • canned soups, vegetables and beans
  • pet food

Hygiene

  • toilet paper
  • feminine hygiene products
  • diapers
  • facial tissue
  • soap
  • alcohol-based hand sanitizer

Health care

  • thermometer
  • fever-reducing medications (acetaminophen or ibuprofen for adults and children)

Cleaning

  • paper towels
  • plastic garbage bags
  • dish soap
  • laundry detergent
  • household bleach
  • household cleaning products

Communicate

  • Share your plan with your family, friends and neighbours.
  • Set up a buddy system to check in on each other by phone, email or text during times of need.

Stay informed

  • Learn about the symptoms of COVID-19, how it spreads and how to prevent illness.
  • Get your information from reliable sources such as the Public Health Agency of Canada, and provincial, territorial and municipal public health authorities.
  • If the news media is making you feel anxious, take a break from it.

For more information on coronavirus:

1-833-784-4397 | canada.ca/coronavirus | phac.info.aspc@canada.ca

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