In the event of a pandemic, follow the advice of public health authorities, and the instructions issued in your work environment.
Take advantage of the vaccine as soon as it is offered, in order to protect yourself and those close to you, and not contribute to the spread of the disease among the general population.
In general, try to apply the following guidelines:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or rub them with an alcohol-based antiseptic gel, foam or liquid. Keep such products out of the reach of children;
- Avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth, through which viruses enter the body;
- Avoid contaminating your environment when coughing or sneezing;
- Clean your living environment with soap and water or household detergents;
- Avoid contact with sick people and their personal items;
- Protect yourself from the secretions of those who are sick, and do not drink water or eat food that has been in contact with a sick person;
- Avoid contact with animals that appear sick, and avoid handling animals that are found dead.
The public health authorities may clarify or supplement these measures, depending on the characteristics of the disease involved in the pandemic.
During a pandemic, take precautions
When a pandemic is announced, take the following precautions:
- Obtain information from reliable sources;
- Assemble essential items in a household first aid kit;
- Stock up on basic necessities;
- Explain to your children what is happening and how to apply the protection rules;
- Agree with your family or natural caregivers how to assist you should the need arise; and
- Offer assistance to those in your family circle who might need it, such as the elderly, isolated individuals, and so on.
If you get sick
Pay attention to the symptoms of the disease described by the authorized medical sources in the media. In some instances, the symptoms are different in children, adults and seniors.
If symptoms develop, follow the instructions of the medical authorities. Stay at home if you are sick and keep sick children at home, to avoid spreading the disease.
If your condition worsens or you are among those at risk for complications (identified by the public health authorities), call Info-Santé at 811, consult a health professional or go to the emergency department . If specialized medical clinics to treat the sick are opened by the health authorities, go there to receive appropriate care.
Source and reference for further 'information: Urgence Québec – Pandemic
Also consult Public Health Agency of Canada – Pandemic Preparedness