The symptoms of this repiratory illness range from mild to severe and include: fever, cough, difficulty breathing, muscle aches, and tiredness. Older patients may be at risk for more severe illness.
The best way to prevent the spread of viruses is to take these everyday precautions:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand santizer.
- Avoid touching your nose, eyes, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
- Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw your tissue in the garbage and wash your hands. If you don't have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Toronto Public Health
- City of Toronto
- Ontario Ministry of Health
- Public Health Agency of Canada
- Government of Canada Travel Advisories
- SPRINT Senior Care's COVID-19 Community Response Team: Grocery delivery, food pantry, and wellness checks.
- Food Resources During COVID-19: A list of Toronto-area food banks and grocery delivery programs that are operating during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Seniors' Shopping Hours: See what North Toronto stores are offering special hours for seniors to do their shopping.
- Food Resources Sheet (The 519)
Fraud and Safety
Recreation and Leisure
Free Virtual Programs and Concerts
- Creating Connections: SPRINT Senior Care's new phone-based programming on Tuesdays and Fridays. Click here for more information.
- Zoom Tai Chi: Join us Tuesdays at 10 a.m for this virtual class! You have the option of sharing your camera and microphone, or you can hide your image and mute your microphone to participate anonymously. Email email@example.com to register.
- #VibrantStrong virtual health programming from Vibrant Healthcare Alliance. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-2 p.m.
- Sunshine Centre for Seniors: Virtual programming during COVID-19
- Alzheimer's Society: Mindfulness and meditation: Wednesdays 2-3 p.m. from April 15 to June 3
Disruptions to routines are challenging for everyone, but they can be especially difficult for caregivers. It may not be possible to practice your usual self-care routines, such as reaching out to others or taking time outside the home. However, it’s important to continue to find time for self-care in order to reduce stress and anxiety. It will leave you feeling refreshed and better able to care for your loved one.
Here are some tips on finding time for self-care:
- Develop a new routine if needed. Schedule time for self-care into your routine, for yourself and the one you are caring for.
- Stay active, try a new online exercise video, clean the house or go for a walk. Include your loved one in exercise so that both of you can reduce stress and keep healthy.
- Use technology to stay connected with supports. With many messaging and video calling apps available, staying connected is fairly accessible.
- Discover a new interest or reconnect with previous hobbies. There are many activities that can be done to pass the time from the comfort of your own home, including: word searches, crosswords, TED talks, journaling, scrapbooking, meditation and painting.
For more information, check out these resources from the Alzheimer Society Toronto: