COVID-19 resources for youth, students and young adults

How to prevent the spread of COVID-19, tips for taking care of your health, and information on online safety and financial support.

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Reduce the spread of COVID-19

Young Canadians play a critical role in reducing the spread of COVID-19.

Follow these health and safety measures to protect yourself, your friends, family and people at high risk for severe illness in your community.

Still have questions? Find answers in the COVID-19 youth interview series.

Physical distancing

You can have COVID-19 and spread it to others even if you aren’t showing any symptoms, like a cough, difficulty breathing or a fever. Physical distancing is proven to be one of the best ways to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Some places and activities have started to open up in areas of the country. It’s still important to maintain physical distancing, stay away from crowded places and gatherings, and be mindful of the risks that certain activities carry.

Follow your local public health guidance on the number of people that can gather in one place at one time.

Going out? Keep yourself and others safe.

Stay healthy

It's okay not to be okay, especially when it feels like the world has been turned upside down. Many people are feeling lonely and isolated, and may be experiencing anxiety, grief, frustration, sadness and irritability. It's important to remember that this situation won't last forever and to take care of your mental and physical health by:

Stay connected with your friends and extended family through:

You can also take care of your physical and mental health by keeping healthy habits and a regular routine, such as:

Taking care of your sexual health

Sexual health is an important part of overall health and wellbeing. During the COVID-19 pandemic, balance your decisions about sex with personal and public health. Consider starting with virtual dating and then meeting for the first time in an outdoor location.

Sexual activity increases your risk of getting or spreading COVID-19, even if the people involved have no symptoms. If you decide to have sex with someone outside of your small and consistent social circle, regardless of their sex or gender, take steps to reduce the risk to yourself and others.

Practise safer sex and get tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

For more information on how to protect your sexual health during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit:

Get financial help

The COVID-19 Economic Response Plan is for Canadians who need financial help. For students and youth, this includes:

You can also look into suspending your student/apprentice loan interest and repayments.

Be safe online

We've seen an increase in reports of harmful phishing campaigns and malware scams related to COVID-19. Learn how to protect yourself against online scams.

Misinformation about COVID-19 can also be harmful. Check your sources before reading and sharing articles with others. Visit Check First, Share After to learn how you can stop the spread of COVID-19 misinformation.

For youth experiencing family violence

If you're experiencing violence or abuse at home, you should seek help at a time and place that's safe for you.

Visit our family violence youth site to learn more, and to find a list of who you can talk to.

For Indigenous youth

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