Protecting people with disabilities from COVID-19

If you are a person with a disability or care for/support or are friends with someone who has a disability, there are things you can do to protect yourself/them from COVID-19, these include:
  • Stay home and only go outside your home for necessary activities like doctor appointments or getting groceries.
  • Ask family, a neighbour or friend to help with essential errands (e.g., picking up prescriptions, buying groceries).
  • When you do go outside the home make sure you practise physical distancing with those who are not in your private circle, as much as possible.
  • Wash your hands or support hand washing for the person with disabilities. This should be done after touching frequently touched surfaces and prior to meals. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used instead of water and soap when available.
  • Make sure you (or those who engage others on your behalf) or your care/support persons do not interact with others who are sick. Ask your direct support/care providers/friends and family, or have others ask on your behalf, if they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or if they have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19. For those who are the care/supports or family members, check that you have no symptoms prior to any interaction with the person with a disability. Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 may include:
    • Fever (temperature of 38.0°C or greater), or
    • Any new or worsening respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, runny nose or sneezing, nasal congestion, hoarse voice, sore throat or difficulty swallowing), or
    • Any new onset atypical symptoms including but not limited to chills, muscle aches, diarrhea, fatigue, general feeling of discomfort, or headache
  • Immediately notify or have others notify your family/care providers/friends if you or the persons you are caring for/supporting becomes ill. If the person with the disability remains within their home environment, please see:
  • Continually look for ways to protect, listen, support, adapt, and accommodate. Everyone's situation is unique and needs to be reviewed and considered on an individual basis.

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