Last updated: September 30, 2020 at 6:25 p.m.
If you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you should:
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you must:
If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you must:
Some people may experience mild or no physical symptoms. Symptoms can take up to 14 days after exposure to COVID-19 to appear, and include new or worsening:
If you are having difficulty breathing, call 911.
Disease symptoms may be different, depending on age. Children and older adults with COVID-19, may also have non-specific symptoms, such as:
Rarely, children can get an inflammatory condition that impacts the blood vessels, called vasculitis. It can present with prolonged fever, abdominal pain, red eyes, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and rash. It needs medical attention.
For others, there is a higher risk for severe illness, including people over the age of 60, and those with weakened immunity or underlying health conditions.
If you have been advised by Telehealth, your health care provider, or your local public health unit to self-monitor, follow Public Health Ontario’s instructions on how to self-monitor.
Instructions on how to self-monitor are also available in: French | Arabic | Bengali | Simplified Chinese | Traditional Chinese | Eastern Ojibwe | Farsi | German | Greek | Gujarati | Hindi | Italian | Japanese | Korean | Mohawk | Oji-Cree | Polish | Portuguese | Punjabi | Romanian | Russian | Somali | Spanish | Swampy Cree | Tagalog | Tamil | Ukrainian | Urdu | Vietnamese
For your protection, you should take extra precautions if:
You must isolate yourself from others if:
Follow Public Health Ontario’s instructions on how to self-isolate.
Instructions on how to self-isolate are also available in: French | Arabic | Bengali | Simplified Chinese | Traditional Chinese | Eastern Ojibwe | Farsi | German | Greek | Gujarati | Hindi | Italian | Japanese | Korean | Mohawk | Oji-Cree | Polish | Portuguese | Punjabi | Romanian | Russian | Somali | Spanish | Swampy Cree | Tagalog | Tamil | Ukrainian | Urdu | Vietnamese
There is no specific treatment for COVID-19. People who have COVID-19 should receive supportive health care to help relieve symptoms. People with more severe illness may require hospitalization.
If symptoms feel worse than a standard cold, call your health care practitioner. They can relieve symptoms by prescribing a pain or fever medication.
You should also:
There is a test for COVID-19. The test tells you if you have the infection right now.
You should get tested for COVID-19 if:
Toronto Public Health offices are not an assessment centre and testing is not provided at our offices.
If you were not tested but have symptoms of COVID-19, you will have to self-isolate for 14 day from when your symptoms started. Household members should continue to self-monitor for 14 days. Household members can continue to attend school or work as long as they do not have symptoms.
If you were not tested but have symptoms of COVID-19 and were a close contact of someone who had COVID-19, you will have to continue to self-isolate for 14 days from when your symptoms started. Household members will need to self-isolate for 14 days and get tested if they develop symptoms. They cannot attend school or work until COVID-19 is ruled out.
You may be contacted by Toronto Public Health if you may have been exposed to COVID-19.
Cases and suspected cases of COVID-19 are reportable to local health authorities under the Provincial Health Protection and Promotion Act. As Toronto Public Health is notified of potential cases, they are immediately following up directly with the individuals to let them know.
Toronto Public Health informs these people of the potential health risk, and provides education and instruction on when and how to seek medical care, if necessary. This work is part of routine public health follow-up of a case of an infectious disease.
Please follow the directions given to you by Toronto Public Health or health authorities.
There are no tests for staff to do to be cleared to return to work.
In general, staff can return to work 14 days after their symptoms began if they had COVID-19.
For other illnesses, or if someone tested negative for COVID-19, they should not return to work until they are symptom-free for at least 24 hours.