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 of more severe disease or outcomes 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.

It's important to maintain physical distancing, stay away from closed or crowded places and gatherings. Be mindful of the risks that certain activities carry by making a personal risk assessment.

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.

Help promote public health measures in your community

Be part of a growing virtual community of video gamers who are doing their part to reduce infection.

Protect your friends and families by reminding others of the importance of public health practices through the #CrushCOVID campaign. You don't have to be a gamer to help us spread the message.

This campaign is a partnership between the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Entertainment Software Association of Canada.

Learn more about how you can help #CrushCOVID.

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. But there are things we can do to take care of ourselves and support each other through this difficult time. It's important to remember 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

Know the risks for COVID-19 transmission during sex, so you’re able to protect yourself and others.

Vaping and COVID-19 risk

New research is showing that vaping and cigarette smoking among young people may greatly increase their risk of getting COVID-19. The risk is 5 to 7 times higher.

Vaping can cause damage to the lungs. This means that coughing or difficulty breathing can worsen if you get the virus, as these are also symptoms of COVID-19.

If you vape, wash or sanitize your hands before and after using vaping devices. Don’t share devices with others.

Get financial help

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. These tend to be emails or calls from people pretending to be from the government. They're attempting to steal your money or private information. 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

The COVID-19 outbreak has been linked with an increase in family violence across the country. Families are faced with increased stress and are spending more time at home due to teleworking, e-learning and physical distancing.

Everyone deserves to feel safe. If you're experiencing violence or abuse at home, contact your local police. There are also other services available to help keep you safe:

For Indigenous youth

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