Learn about pandemics

A pandemic occurs when an infectious disease spreads across the globe. This is different than an epidemic, which is usually contained within a region or country.

Information about COVID-19

The government coordinates with local public health units and healthcare providers to:

  • track potential pandemics;
  • stockpile and deploy drugs and protective equipment;
  • manage emergency plans for delivering health care services;
  • administer vaccines as these become available; and
  • reduce pandemic-related disruptions to Yukon social and economic activity.

Yukon's pandemic plan

The government has a coordination plan for pandemic-related decision-making and actions. 

Download Yukon's pandemic plan

Prepare yourself for a pandemic

Add these items to your home emergency kit:

  • alcohol-based hand sanitizer that’s between 60 and 90% alcohol;
  • medicines for headaches, coughs and fevers;
  • thermometer; and
  • drinks with electrolytes.

Stay healthy

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Eat a balanced diet, drink lots of water, get regular exercise and plenty of rest.
  • Get your annual flu shot.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

If you're sick

Phone 811 or your health care provider.

  • Keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick, too.
  • Stay home and you'll help prevent others from catching your illness.
  • When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with your inner elbow or a tissue.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that get touched a lot.