Self-isolation for COVID-19
Self-isolating means staying at home and avoiding contact with others to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in your community. Self-isolating will help protect everyone - including people who are more likely to get very ill from COVID-19, such as older individuals or those which chronic health conditions like asthma or diabetes.
By self-isolating, you can help “flatten the curve” by preventing a lot of people from getting sick at once so our health care system can respond and take care of those who need it.
You should self-isolate if
- You are over 70 years of age.
- You have a weakened immune system
- You have a medical condition.
You must self-isolate if
- You have COVID-19
- You have COVID-19 symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, sneezing, sore throat, difficulty breathing, muscle aches, tiredness)
- You may have been exposed to COVID-19
- You have returned from anywhere outside Canada, including the United States, within the past 14 days
How to self-isolate?
Monitor your health for fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.
Sneeze and cough into your sleeve.
Wash your hands regularly or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Do not go to work, school, or other public places.
Do not use public transportation, taxis, or rideshares.
Ask for help from friends, family, or neighbors with essential errands like going to the grocery store.
Seek services over the phone or internet, when possible.
Avoid contact with older people and people with chronic illnesses like asthma or diabetes.
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I share my home with others. How can I self-isolate to keep them safe?
- Stay in a separate room away from others in your home and use a separate bathroom if you have one.
- Make sure shared rooms have good air flow (like open windows, if possible).
- If you are in a room with others, keep at least 2 metres distance from them.
- Do not share household items such as dishes, towels, or bedding.
- Clean regularly touched items like door knobs, faucets, or tables daily.
What should I do if I develop a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing while I’m self-isolating?
- Continue to self-isolate.
- Call us on our COVID-19 hotline at 1-866-468-2240.
- Wear a mask if you leave your home to see a health care provider.
- If you require emergency care, call 911 and be sure to tell them you are in self-isolation.
While you might not feel sick, and while we know these measures are inconvenient, please be mindful of the members of our community who are more vulnerable to COVID-19 than others. We are all in this together.