Precautions and care if you have COVID-19 symptoms Seek help
Rest If you have coronavirus symptoms, feel Üi>>`v>Ì}Õi`]ÀiÃÌÜ i«ÞÕw} Ì the disease. Limit your contact with others until you have no more symptoms. You can go back to your normal activities when your state of health allows you to. Drink frequently Frequent drinking is important because fever causes perspiration and major loss of liquids. You should drink at least 1.5 litres of liquids every day. You can drink cold or warm liquids, as you prefer. Avoid alcoholic beverages and liquids like coffee or tea that contain caffeine, as well as soft drinks. Alcohol and caffeine will cause you to urinate more often and increase loss of liquids. Watch out for these signs of dehydration: • Extreme thirst • Dry mouth and tongue • Infrequent and/or dark urine • Dizziness, confusion and headaches Protect your entourage Do the following to protect your entourage until you have no more symptoms (fever, cough, fatigue, sudden loss of sense of smell without nasal congestion, with or without loss of taste): • Self-isolate in a bedroom to avoid contaminating others • Sleep and eat meals alone in your bedroom • Only use one bathroom
• Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing, ideally with a facial tissue. Wash your hands right after • If you do not have any facial tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or upper arm, which are not in contact with people or objects • Spit into a facial tissue • Throw away facial tissues into a garbage bag in a trash can with a lid. Keep used tissues away from children • Do not allow visitors in the house Keep your environment clean The coronavirus (COVID-19) can survive for the following lengths of time on objects and surfaces:
While many of us have the necessary resources to deal with a COVID-19 situation, others may not. If you are concerned, do not hesitate to ask for or accept help. Talk about it with your close family members. You can also dial 211 for help or ask your local CLSC to connect you with their home care and services resource. Stay informed Listen to the radio, watch TV, read the newspaper and/or go to the following government website often: Québec.ca/coronavirus The Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux will provide instructions for the population on health matters and to obtain care. Always follow the government’s current notices and instructions, since the situation can change.
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Therefore, it is important that you clean counters, sinks, door handles and all other surfaces frequently touched by hands. i>}>``ÃviVÌ}>ÀiÛiÀÞivwViÌ ways of eliminating the virus. Use soap and water or household cleaners to clean surfaces. Use a 1/9 bleach-water solution or disinfectants. For example, this means 10 ml of bleach to 90 ml of water. If you are sick, your sheets, towels, cloths and dishware can be washed with those of others in the home using normal detergents.
General information Services Québec Coronavirus hotline 1 877 644-4545 (toll free) Deaf or hard-of-hearing persons 1 800 361-9596 (toll free)
The Self-Care Guide is available at Québec.ca/coronavirus. You can order your English hard copy online.
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