Novel Coronavirus COVID-19
 

Focus on the Fundamentals


We can all lower our risk and help reduce Manitoba’s cases of COVID-19 by focusing on the fundamentals and learning how to assess our risk of exposure to the virus. By listening to the advice of public health experts and making good decisions we can help prevent the spread of COVID-19.


Reduce the Risk and Prevent the Spread


We can all reduce our risk by adopting the following habits to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

It is also important to stay informed through accurate and credible sources. The province has developed the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System to share current information with Manitobans about risk, response and recommended actions.

In addition, Manitoba public health officials have issued public health orders to help reduce the risk and prevent the spread of COVID-19.




Stay Home When You Are Sick

It is important to stay home if you are sick, even if you are only feeling a little unwell. Do not leave your home to go to work, school, daycare, sports/activities, do not visit with others outside your household and do not visit public places (e.g. stores, restaurants, churches, etc.). Only leave your home if you require urgent medical care or COVID-19 testing.

  • Avoid close contact (within two metres or six feet) with anyone when you are feeling unwell. This includes people in your household.
  • If you are sick, even if you only feel a little unwell, stay home and isolate from others within your household.
  • Individuals - If you are sick, do not leave your home to go to work, school or other public places (e.g. stores, restaurants, churches, etc.). Only leave your home if you require urgent medical care.
  • Parents/Guardians/Caregivers - If your child(ren) are sick, they should stay home from school, daycare, playdates and/or extra-curricular activities.
  • Employers - Develop and implement workplace policies that allow and encourage employees to stay home when sick. Consider the burden placed on the health care system of requiring sick notes.
  • Sports teams/ activity organizers/ schools/ daycares - Do not allow anyone who is sick to attend/ participate.

Learn more about COVID-19 symptoms and testing. Use the online self-assessment tool, or call Health Links - Info SantÚ to help determine your next steps if you, or your child(ren), are sick.




Get Tested for COVID-19

Testing is critical, as it helps identify and isolate cases and close contacts early. This helps to limit further spread and protect those at increased risk. Learn more about COVID-19 symptoms and testing.

Individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms are encouraged to isolate and use the online self-assessment tool, or call Health Links - Info SantÚ to help determine your next steps if you, or your child(ren), are sick.




Wash your hands or use alcohol based hand sanitizer frequently

Hand hygiene includes handwashing or the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Good hand hygiene provides significant protection from many infections, including viral respiratory illnesses such as influenza and COVID-19.

People are encouraged to take common prevention measures. This includes regular handwashing with soap and warm water for at least 15 seconds or the use of alcohol based hand sanitizer. Make sure to dry your hands thoroughly after handwashing. Make sure you allow your hands to dry after the use of alcohol based hand sanitizer.

It is especially important to clean your hands:

  • after coughing or sneezing
  • when caring for a sick person
  • before, during and after you prepare food
  • before eating
  • after toilet use
  • when hands are visibly dirty

If your hands are visibly dirty, it is important for you to wash your hands with soap and water.

Hand hygiene posters are available in several languages for public places.





Cover your Cough/ Sneeze

Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, or you can cough or sneeze into your sleeve.

Throw used tissues in the garbage and immediately wash your hands, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Cover your cough/sneeze posters are available in several languages for public places.




Social (Physical) Distancing

Physical distancing works by limiting the number of people that you, and your family, come into close contact (within two metres/ six feet). Physical distancing should be practiced when you feel your risk of exposure to COVID-19 may be high, such as in crowded areas where you are unsure of everyone’s vaccination status.


What does social (physical) distancing look like?

2 meters apart


Social (Physical) Distancing Infographic

Social (Physical) Distancing (pdf)

 

 




Wearing a Mask

Wearing a mask helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 by reducing the spread of respiratory droplets and aerosols. Individuals must wear a mask as required by public health officials. When not a requirement, mask use is still recommended to reduce the spread of the virus. Regardless of immunization status, you may choose to continue wearing a mask even when not required to do so. Everyone must still follow mask mandates put in place by public health orders, businesses and facilities.

When masks are not worn properly, they will not prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others and may also put the person wearing them at greater risk of infection.

Please visit the Health Canada website for more information on how to wear a mask properly. You can also visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website for posters and guidelines for how to safely use a non-medical mask.

For addition information on masks, see the Additional Guidance on masks.