Last updated: November 20, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.
Tailored health advice for people with specific needs to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, people may experience emotions and face situations that influence their consumption of alcohol, cannabis or other drugs. Alcohol and cannabis use is associated with some diseases that can make a person more vulnerable to COVID-19, and may influence the outcome of a COVID-19 infection.
Learn more about substance use during COVID-19 and what you can do to minimize risks to your health:
If you need support for a substance use issue, visit our Mental Health Resources page to find community-specific resources.
Learn more about caring for a baby when you have COVID-19.
There is limited information available about the effect of COVID-19 on pregnant individuals and babies. However, there is information about pregnancy and other respiratory viruses, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), which we can learn from.
Learn more about COVID-19 and Pregnancy.
Children use play to explore their environment, grow their imagination and discover new opportunities. Playing outside is fun, exciting and important for healthy child development. Here are some strategies to reduce the risk of COVID-19 while encouraging outdoor play.
When children play outside they:
Currently, there isn’t a vaccine for COVID-19, however vaccinating infants and toddlers is still important during COVID-19. Vaccine preventable diseases are still spreading globally. Waiting to vaccinate can leave children vulnerable to diseases. Vaccines should only be postponed if your child is sick with respiratory symptoms to prevent any possible spread of COVID-19.
Immunization is not just for kids. The?vaccines you need may depend on your age, health condition, occupation, travel habits, environment, and lifestyle. Talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need to be vaccinated during COVID19 and how to safely attend a clinic.
COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus. The virus spreads from close contact with the respiratory droplets of a person with COVID-19. These droplets occur when someone coughs, sneezes, talks and breathes. Droplets can travel more than two metres/six feet when a person sings, laughs or talks loudly. You may also get COVID-19 by touching surfaces that have the virus and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.
In general, the risk for severe illness from COVID-19 increases with age. COVID-19 symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear. Knowing the facts about COVID-19 can help reduce the spread of infection to you and the people around you. Refer to COVID-19 information for seniors to learn how you can reduce your risk.
For questions about COVID-19, call Toronto Public Health at 416-338-7600 (8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.).
With increasing rates of COVID-19 in our community, plan ahead and limit non-essential trips. Use technology to shop online and connect with family and friends virtually.
Wearing a mask or face covering helps prevent the spread of your respiratory droplets and germs to others. Masks are inexpensive, and can help save lives. The best mask is the one that fits comfortably. Cloth masks can be reused with regular laundering.
If you have one or more symptoms of COVID-19, or you were in close contact with a person with COVID-19, you should get tested. Make an appointment at an assessment centre near you. Stay home and self-isolate while you wait for your test result. OHIP coverage is not required for COVID-19 assessment or testing. Do not visit a pharmacy if you have any symptoms of COVID-19.
Self-isolation means staying at home because you may be infectious. Do not go out or use public transit. Shop online or call a friend to pick up supplies for you. Call your health care provider if you need help managing your symptoms. Call 911 if you are having difficulty breathing.
Continue with your prescribed medication. Do not change treatment plans without talking with your health care provider. Do not delay visits to your health care provider if you have health concerns.
Do not purchase products with claims to protect you against COVID-19. There are no drugs approved for the prevention of COVID-19. Do not give your personal information to unsolicited callers. Toronto Public Health staff will never ask for your credit card or social insurance number.
Download this handy COVID-19 information sheet with safety tips and resources for seniors and their caregivers.
How to Protect Yourself from COVID-19: Older Adults & People with Chronic Medical Conditions or Weakened Immune Systems (Comment se protéger contre la COVID-19 : Personnes agées et personnes ayant des problèmes de santé chroniques ou un système immunitaire affaibli) (Public Health Ontario)
A new City of Toronto bylaw requires people to wear masks or face coverings?when inside public spaces. COVID-19 can spread before someone develops symptoms. By wearing a mask or face covering, we can protect each other.
Some people who are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing cannot wear face coverings because they rely on facial movements and lip-reading to communicate. If you meet someone not wearing a face covering, be understanding. It is not always obvious when someone is deaf, deafened or hard of hearing.
There are limited reports of animals becoming infected with COVID-19. If you are caring for a pet during the COVID-19 pandemic you should:
Learn about caring for your pet during COVID-19. Read also Public Health Ontario’s advice for caring for your pet if you have COVID-19 or you or your pet have been exposed to COVID-19.
Toronto Animal Services (TAS) is offering advice and assistance to pet owners who are experiencing hardship and struggling to care and provide necessities for their pets due to COVID-19.
Read Toronto Public Health’s tips for preparing for school during COVID-19.
The COVID-19 pandemic may be challenging to parents who are not living together but are co-parenting their children. Below are some tips to help you work together during this stressful time.
Also read the Public Health Agency of Canada’s fact sheet for vulnerable populations.