How Can I Personally Prepare for COVID-19?

Everyone has a role to play in easing the spread of COVID-19 and lessening its impact on vulnerable populations. You can do your part by ensuring you’re prepared to stay home if you’re asked to or if you get sick.

A big part of being prepared is knowing the signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Symptoms include fever, coughing and difficulty breathing. Use the COVID-19 symptom self-assessment tool to determine if you need further assessment or testing.

Now is a good time to pick-up extra non-perishable food items. Don’t stockpile, just add a few additional things to your cart each time you shop. Some items for your list include:

  • Grains, like rice and pasta
  • Canned fruits, vegetables and pasta sauces
  • Protein sources such as canned or dry beans
  • Pre-packaged soups, chillis and other ready-to-eat meals
  • Pet food (if applicable)
  • Personal hygiene items

Refill your prescriptions now so you don’t need to visit a pharmacy if you get sick. Consider seeing your health care provider to renew prescriptions ahead of time.

Following the advice of reputable and trusted sources is key. Keep the following list on your phone, in your wallet or on your fridge. Share it with friends.

BC Centre for Disease Control

Provincial Health Services


Government of B.C.

Public Safety Canada

Health Canada

Connect with those around you and agree to help if someone needs support. This means checking in on each other and running errands for essential items. If you end up helping someone, take the following steps to stay healthy and avoid spreading the virus: 

  • Phone ahead and leave requested items at the door.
  • Check in by phone versus visiting in person.
  • If you need to chat face-to-face, don’t touch door handles and keep a distance at the door of at least two metres (six feet).