COVID in Canada – Being Smart, Staying Safe

The facts from the medical community about this illness are very clear: common COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath, while muscle pain, chills and a sore throat are less common. The infection is typically spread from one person to another via respiratory droplets produced during talking, coughing and sneezing. Time from exposure to onset of symptoms is generally between two and 14 days, with an average of five days.

Recommended measures to prevent infection include frequent hand washing, not touching one’s face, and avoiding close contact with people who are sick. If possible, practice physical distancing as much as you can. And if you can’t, wearing a mask radically reduces the chance of infection.

The vaccines that are available in Canada are extremely safe, and although there have been some tragic cases of blood clotting, they constitute an extremely tiny percentage of the population who have used the vaccines.

We created this page to specifically fight the misinformation, acknowledge the science and medical research, and help educate and protect working people and all Canadians from this deadly illness.

Knowledge Saves Lives

There is extensive information about COVID-19 on the Health Canada website (www.canada.ca/coronavirus), including updates, travel advice, prevention and risk, and how to better prepare and protect yourself. Click on the links below for additional information and resources:

Health and Safety On the Job, Protecting Your Rights

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COVID and Your Rights and Responsibilities at Work

Employer and Employee Duties

The COVID Return to Work Guide for Canadians

Workers Health and Safety Centre

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Tip Sheets

Conducting Effective Workplace Inspections under COVID

Opening Workplaces Safely

COVID and Health at Work

Workplace Pandemic Preparedness Checklist

Government Assistance

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Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Canada Emergency Response Benefit

Employment Insurance

Protecting Yourself at Home and in Public

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How COVID Spreads

How to Protect Yourself and Others

Cleaning and Disinfecting your Home

What To Do if you are Sick

People Who are at Increased Risk

Stop the Spread (of COVID and racism)

Protecting Yourself from COVID Scams, Cyber Fraud and Misinformation

Mental Health – Dealing with the Crisis

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World Health Organization

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health – “Mental Health and COVID”

Canadian Mental Health Association – COVID and Mental Health

Mental Health Commission of Canada – Mental Health and Wellness during COVID

Canadian Psychological Association – Working from Home with or without Children

Article – Why Working from Home is so Exhausting – and How to Reinvigorate

Mental Health Programs for Aboriginal Peoples in Canada

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