Prevent respiratory viruses this spring

Mother and child grocery shopping with masks on

Spring is in full swing and the weather is finally warming up, but it is important to remember that respiratory viruses are still around.

To protect yourself and others, experts recommend keeping the following public health guidance in mind:   

  • consider wearing a mask in indoor public settings, especially in crowded and/or in poorly ventilated spaces;
  • keep a physical distance of six feet from others, when possible, especially indoors;
  • stay home if you are sick or have symptoms of illness, even if the symptoms are mild; and
  • stay up to date with your vaccinations, including COVID-19 boosters.

Anyone with new symptoms of illness, or who has recently tested positive for COVID-19, is encouraged to complete the Ontario Ministry of Health’s self-assessment tool for further direction and guidance.

For those with questions regarding respiratory virus protocols, students can contact and employees can contact The hours of operation for these resources are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information regarding community health, staff, faculty and instructors can visit, and students can visit

Web page update: community members can now access up-to-date, relevant public health trends on York’s Humans Resources and Student Health websites. Look for the heading “Public Health Updates” at the bottom of the Communicable Diseases pages.