The COVID-19 pandemic is a public health emergency that began in late 2019. Please follow these tips to stay healthy and safe at work, and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in your workplace.
1. Complete the COVID-19 self-assessment tool before going to work if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
- sore throat/hoarse voice
- vomiting or diarrhea for more than 24 hours
- shortness of breath
- muscle aches
- skin rash of unknown origin
- runny nose
- conjunctivitis (pink eye)
- nausea or loss of appetite
- loss of taste or smell
2. If you have symptoms, follow public health advice and/or your workplace's policy to determine if you are able to go to work.
3. Use good hygiene to help reduce the spread of infection:
Wash your hands often, using soap and water for at least 15 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
Wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly soiled.
Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer:
after coughing or sneezing. Always cough or sneeze into a tissue or your bent elbow (not your hand), and dispose of the tissue immediately.
after using the washroom.
after using a tissue.
before and after preparing food and eating.
when you feel your hands have become contaminated.
when arriving at and leaving your workplace.
Disinfect surfaces and high-touch areas often, using approved disinfectants.
Wear a mask as required by public health officials or your workplace's policy. Consult the Manitoba Public Health website for up-to-date information regarding mask use.
4. Practice social (physical) distancing:
- Maintain a distance of two metres (six feet) between yourself and other people in your workplace, including co-workers, clients and customers, except for brief exchanges.
5. Complete the COVID-19 vaccination series:
- Complete this vaccination series as soon as possible once you're eligible. COVID-19 vaccinations are proven to significantly protect against getting COVID-19, and protect against severe disease, hospitalization or death if you do get COVID-19.
6. Follow the advice of Manitoba's Chief Public Health Officer about COVID-19 prevention:
Source: Manitoba Health: Help reduce the spread of COVID-19