COVID-19 - Coronavirus
Canadians with chronic lung disease are more susceptible to a more serious case of Covid-19. It does not mean that they are more likely to be infected by Covid-19, but it does mean that if they are, the chances of their case turning serious are higher. This is why it is extremely important to follow the guidelines below.
Stay home as much as possible.
Avoid crowded areas and non-essential gatherings.
If you must leave your home, avoid greetings that rely on touch (like a handshake or a hug). Wave instead.
If you must leave your home, keep a distance of at least 2 metres between you and another person.
- When you arrive at home from an essential outing, be sure to wash your hands, change your clothes and wipe down your shopping bags. This is just as important if you are a caregiver for someone with a lung disease.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the washroom and when preparing food
- use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
- When coughing or sneezing:
- cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand
- dispose of any tissues you have used as soon as possible in a lined waste basket and wash your hands afterwards
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
Clean and desinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.