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Stay Safe During a Pandemic

  • Obtain updates from the internet, radio, newspapers, and television.
  • Follow directions given by Saskatchewan Health and/or Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region. Directions may change as more information becomes available about the characteristics of the particular virus causing the outbreak.
  • Recognize influenza symptoms By knowing the what symptoms are, you can recognize if you or a loved one has caught the flu and should stay home to recover.
  • Wash your hands often Frequently wash your hands to prevent the spread of disease.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth Most germs enter your body through these areas.
  • Stand away from other people Most influenza germs are transmitted within a 1 metre radius; therefore, establish a 1 metre buffer zone around yourself when you are with other people.
  • Avoid large crowds and restrict your travel Large crowds and crowded planes or buses are ideal for the spread of influenza, so consider staying at home.
  • Don’t visit people who have the flu A visit to a sick friend may cause you to be infected.

When caring for those with the flu

  • Keep loved ones at home to recover This will help prevent the flu from spreading.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth after caring for someone Most germs enter your body through these areas.
  • Take loved ones to a health care provider as needed Infected individuals should wear a mask when visiting the doctor to prevent the spread of germs.
  • Follow any instructions given by medical personnel Implementing infection control procedures can prevent the flu from spreading through your household if you are caring for someone infected.
  • Wear mask and gloves You should wear a surgical mask and gloves when in direct contact with a coughing individual.
  • Don’t share eating utensils or drinks If a family member is sick, keep their personal items (e.g. towels and toothbrushes) separate from those of the rest of the family.

When you’re sick with the flu

  • Stay at home! If you go out when you’re sick, you may spread your illness to your co-workers, classmates, and neighbours.
  • Get plenty of rest It may take you longer to get better if you are not well rested. The disease can last four to seven days and leave you with a cough and fatigue for several weeks.
  • Cover when you cough or sneeze Sneeze or cough into your elbow, shoulder or tissue. If you use a tissue, dispose of it as soon as possible and wash your hands immediately.
  • Follow any advice given by your doctor or medical personnel Wear a mask if you need to visit your doctor to prevent spreading germs through sneezing or coughing.
  • Don’t share eating utensils or drinks Keep your personal items (example: towels and toothbrushes) separate from those of the rest of the family.