Self-monitoring, Self-isolation and Physical Distancing

What does it mean to self-monitor and to self-isolate?

How should I prepare for self-isolation if myself or a family member becomes sick? What about my pets?

  • Download the PHAC COVID-19 - Be Prepared fact sheet or visit the website.Take time to consider what you will do if you or a family member becomes sick and needs care. Think about:
    • What food and household supplies you need for you and your family
    • What medicines you need, including renewing and refilling prescriptions ahead of time
  • Discuss your plans with your family, friends and neighbours, and set up a system to check in on each other by phone, email or text during times of need.
  • There have been limited reports of animals becoming infected with COVID-19. There is currently no evidence that pets or other domestic animals play a significant role in the spread of COVID-19. If you are sick, it is recommended that you avoid contact with pets and other animals, just like you would other people, until more is known. PHO has information on How to Care for Pets and Other Animals if you have COVID-19 or you or your pets have been exposed to COVID-19

What is social (physical) distancing?

Physical distancing means making changes in your everyday routines in order to minimize close physical contact with others to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Public health experts are now using the term physical distancing to better describe what they are asking people to do to break the chain and slow the spread of COVID-19. Limiting physical interactions with others by practising physical distancing is an effective solution to protect against the spread of COVID-19. Physical distancing includes:

  • Avoid non-essential trips into the community
  • Cancel group gatherings
  • Work from home, where possible
  • Conduct meetings virtually
  • Keep kids away from group gatherings
  • No visits to long-term care homes and other care settings

Here’s how you can practice social (physical) distancing:

  • greet with a wave instead of a handshake, a kiss or a hug
  • stay home as much as possible
  • shop or take public transportation during off-peak hours
  • conduct virtual meetings
  • host virtual playdates for your kids
  • use technology to keep in touch with friends and family

If possible,

  • use food delivery services or online shopping
  • exercise at home or outside
  • work from home

Remember to:

  • wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your face
  • cough or sneeze into the bend of your arm
  • avoid touching surfaces people touch often

Download the PHAC Social Distancing Information Sheet for reference.