Prevention and Management of COVID-19

Public Health Ontario has developed the resources below for the prevention and management of COVID-19. The content is being updated as new information becomes available so please check back here for current resources.

For guidance, or up-to-date information about COVID-19 measures in your area please visit your local Public Health Unit. For information about COVID-19 testing or test results please visit the Government of Ontario's COVID-19 website.


How to clean your hands and use hand sanitizer | posters

How to hand wash |  video

How to use alcohol based hand rub | video

Personal Etiquette and Care

How to Protect Yourself from COVID-19 | pdf

Cough and Sneeze Etiquette | poster

Physical Distancing or Social Distancing | pdf


Mask Use for Non-Healthcare Workers | pdf

Non-medical Masks and Face Coverings | pdf

SARS-CoV-2 Omicron Variant and Community Masking | pdf

Optimizing the Use of Masks Against COVID-19 | pdf

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

You may need to wear PPE for work, for example teachers or daycare workers, or if you are visiting a long-term care home or other reason.

Putting on and taking off PPE | poster

Putting on mask and eye protection | video

Taking off mask and eye protection | video

Putting on full PPE | video

Taking off full PPE | video

Cleaning and Disinfection

Cleaning and disinfection for public settings | pdf

Hard-surface disinfectants and hand sanitizers for use against COVID-19 | Government of Canada

How to Prevent Skin Damage from Cleaning Products | pdf

Ultraviolet (UV) light disinfection for SARS-CoV-2 | FAQ

Prevention for Specific Populations

Preventing COVID-19 in People at Increased Risk of Severe Illness | pdf

Resources for Families and Visitors Long Term Care, Retirement Homes and other Congregate Settings | pdf or webinar

Preventing COVID-19: Tips for Children Attending School | pdf

Signs and Symptoms

COVID-19 self-assessment: Determine if you should be tested | Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Symptoms | Government of Ontario

Testing and Results

Testing locations | Government of Ontario 

You were Tested for COVID-19: What You Should Know | pdf

Test Results | Government of Ontario

If You Have Tested Positive for COVID-19 or If You Have Been Exposed

How to Self-isolate | pdf

How to Self-monitor | pdf

Self-isolation: Guide for Caregivers, Household Members and Close Contacts | pdf

How to Care for a Child Who Needs To Self-Isolate | pdf

When to Self-isolate for Household Members | pdf

How to Care for Pets and Other Animals | pdf


What You Need to Know About mRNA Vaccines | pdf

What You Need to Know About Viral Vector Vaccines | pdf


PHO Rounds: Novel Disease Surveillance Tools for the Next Pandemic

This seminar will introduce the concept of informal disease event monitoring systems and how this type of data can and has been used to explore communicable disease epidemiological trends among forcibly displaced persons worldwide.

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Updated 17 Dec 2021