Updated: April 7, 2020 at 11:00 am
You MUST self-isolate in certain cases to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This helps protect you if you don’t have the virus. If you have the virus, self-isolating reduces the risk of you passing it on to others.
When to Self-Isolate
- If you’ve travelled outside of Canada and have just returned
- If you have COVID-19 symptoms, or provide care to someone with symptoms
- If you do NOT have COVID-19 symptoms, but have been advised to self-isolate (strongly recommended if you are over age 70 and/or have existing medical conditions).
How to Self-Isolate
Avoid contact with others
Keep your distance
Wash your hands
Cover your coughs and sneezes
Wear a mask over your nose and mouth
What should I do if I develop symptoms?
- Complete the COVID-19 Self-Assessment.
- Contact Telehealth (1-866-797-0000) or your health care provider.
- Anyone with whom you had close physical contact (e.g., in your household) in the two days before your symptoms started or after symptoms started should also self-isolate. If you have questions about this, call your local public health unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 2050.
- Isolate for 14 days beginning when your symptoms started.
- After 14 days, you can stop isolating if you:
- No longer have a fever and your symptoms have improved
- Did not develop any symptoms. You MUST continue with physical distancing measures.
- If you are still unwell at 14 days, contact Telehealth or your health care provider for further direction.
Self-Isolating with NO COVID-19 Symptoms (Older Adults and people with existing medical conditions)
- Stay at home. Do not go to work, school, or other public places
- Limit visitors to essential care providers
- Arrange to have someone pick up essentials like groceries or medication for you
- Practise physical distancing. Keep at least 2 metres from others
- Cover your cough and sneezes
- Wash your hands often
- Monitor your health for symptoms of COVID-19
- If you develop symptoms, take the Ministry of Health’s Self-Assessment tool to determine if you need further care
- You can go outside for exercise and fresh air! Remember that if you are outside, do not gather in groups and always practise physical distancing.
- You’re encouraged to self-isolate for your own protection, but at a minimum you must continue to practise physical distancing.
After 14 Days
If you do not develop symptoms after 14 days OR If you no longer have a fever and your symptoms have improved:
- You can stop self-isolating, but for your protection, stay home except for essential trips (e.g. groceries and medication)
- You MUST practise physical distancing measures when in public
- Continue with frequent handwashing and avoid touching your face
If you are still unwell at 14 days, contact Telehealth or your health care provider for further direction.
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This information is from the Public Health Ontario fact sheet “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) How to self-isolate”
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