Protect Yourself

Protecting Yourself from COVID-19

The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) is taking an active approach towards addressing the current COVID-19 outbreak. Our goal is to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on our Metis Citizens by providing detailed information on prevention strategies and what steps to take if you think you may have contracted the virus.

What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a new virus that appeared last December in China. It is spread from person to person through close contact (within 6 feet) of a person coughing or sneezing. You can also get COVID-19 by touching something that has been infected by the virus, then touching your nose, mouth or eyes.

How do you know if you are sick?
COVID-19 feels a lot like the flu, with symptoms that may appear after 2-14 days including:

    – Fever
    – Cough
    – Shortness of breath

People can carry the virus without showing symptoms, so it is important to take extra care.

How can you protect yourself?

Wash your hands often with soap and water

– If soap and water are not currently available to you, use hand sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol
– Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth
– Stay away from people who are sick and stay home from work or school if you are sick
– Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow and immediately wash your hands
– Limit close contact with others, including handshakes and hugs
– Avoid large gatherings, especially if you are more likely to get sick
– Clean frequently touched surfaces on a daily basis, including door knobs, light switches, phones, and sinks
– Refer to travel advice and advisories issued by the government of Canada

– Do not panic

Which groups are at a higher risk for developing serious illness from COVID-19?
Older adults and people who have chronic illness such as lung disease, heart disease, and diabetes are at a higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. If you are in one of these higher risk groups, it is important to take extra precautions to reduce your risk of getting sick.

Should I be tested for COVID-19?
If you develop any symptoms, including fever, cough, or shortness of breath, you should stay home and contact your healthcare provider. Older adults and people with underlying medical issues should contact their healthcare provider early, even if symptoms are mild. Your doctor will be able to determine whether you should be tested.

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