Essential supplies : (a few weeks’ worth) on hand so you will not need to leave your home if you become ill.
Acceptable use :
Avoid panic buying. Add a few extra items to your cart every time you shop. This places less of a burden on suppliers, and can help ease financial burden on you as well.
Renew and refill your prescription medications
Alternative arrangements : in case you become ill or if you need to care for a sick family member. For example:
Have backup childcare in case you or your usual care provider become ill.
If you care for dependents, have a backup caregiver in place.
Talk to your employer about working from home if possible
Reducing your exposure : to crowded places through social distancing if COVID-19 becomes common in your community. For example:
Shop and use public transit during off-peak hours
Exercise outdoors instead of in an indoor fitness club
Share your plan with your family, friends and neighbours
Set up a buddy system to check in on each other by phone, email or text during times of need.
Learn about the symptoms of COVID-19, how it spreads and how to prevent illness
Get your information from reliable sources such as the Public Health Agency of Canada, and provincial, territorial and municipal public health authorities
If the news media is making you feel anxious, take a break from it.
- dried pasta and rice
- pasta sauces
- canned soups, vegetables and beans
- pet food
- toilet paper
- feminine hygiene products
- facial tissue
- alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- fever-reducing medications (acetaminophen or ibuprofen for adults and children)
- paper towels
- plastic garbage bags
- dish soap
- laundry detergent
- household bleach
- household cleaning products