Updated: March 31, 2020, at 11 am


It’s important to take steps to slow the spread of COVID-19, especially to those most vulnerable. That’s why it’s essential to watch for symptoms.

Here’s how to self-monitor if you are asked by your health care provider or public health unit to watch for symptoms of COVID-19.

Monitor for symptoms for 14 days after exposure for fever, cough or difficulty breathing

Image of three characters representing someone having a fever, another with a cough and a third with difficulty breathing
Avoid Public Spaces

Avoid crowded public spaces and places where you cannot easily separate yourself from others if you become ill.

What to do if you develop these or any other symptoms?
  • Self-isolate immediately and contact your public health unit at 1-866-888-4577 extension 5020, your health care provider or take a self-assessment online.
  • To self-isolate you will need:
    • Instructions on how to self-isolate
    • Supply of procedure/surgical masks (enough for 14 days)
    • Soap, water and/or alcohol-based hand sanitizer to clean your hands
  • If you visit your health care provider, avoid using public transportation such as subways, taxis and shared rides. If unavoidable, wear a mask and sit in the back seat.

This information is from the Public Health Ontario fact sheet “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) How to self-monitor”

Additional Resource:

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Download and print resources below:

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If sick delay your visit

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