COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Most infected people will develop mild to moderate illness and recover without hospitalization
Most common symptoms:
- Dry cough
Less common symptoms:
- Aches and pains
- Sore throat
- Loss of taste or smell
- A rash on the skin, or discoloration of fingers or toes
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Chest pain or pressure
- Loss of speech or movement
Seek immediate medical attention if you have serious symptoms. Always call before visiting your doctor or health facility. You also should self-isolate yourself at home for 14 days and use our App SOS emergency tracing button to send emergency tracing notification to any individual in your mobile contact list you think that such a person was in close contact with you in the past 14 days. If you could not remember, then you should transmit it to all your contacts to inform them that if any of them was in close contact with you, he or she must self-isolate himself for 14 days from the time they wear in close contact with you.
People with mild symptoms who are otherwise healthy should also self-isolate themselves for 14 days from the time they start feeling the symptoms or from the time they were in close contact with an infected person. They should also use our App SOS emergency tracing button to send emergency tracing notification to their contacts as mentioned above.
On average it takes 5–6 days from when someone is infected with the virus for symptoms to show, however it can take up to 14 days.
Voluntary home quarantine ("self-isolation") is recommended for an asymptomatic person, when they have a high risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19, (i.e., through close contact with a symptomatic person or their body fluids).
A - Isolation means staying at home when you have a symptom of COVID-19 and it is possible that you have been exposed to the virus. By avoiding contact with other people, you help prevent the spread of disease to others in your home and your community.
A - If you are living with a person who is isolated because they have or are suspected to have COVID-19, your self-isolation period may be extended beyond 14 days. Seek direction from your public health authority.
To quarantine (self-isolate), take the following measures: Limit contact with others Stay at home or the place you are staying in Canada (do not leave your property). Only leave your home for medically necessary appointments (use private transportation for this purpose). Do not go to school, work, other public areas
A - You need to quarantine (self-isolate) for 14 days if, you:
are returning from travel outside of Canada (mandatory quarantine)
had close contact with someone who has or is suspected to have COVID-19 have been told by public health that you may have been exposed and need to quarantine (self-isolate)
A - Things you can do while in quarantine (self-isolation)
greet with a wave instead of a handshake, a kiss or a hug.
ask family, a neighbour or friend to help with essential errands (e.g., picking up prescriptions, buying groceries)
use food delivery services or online shopping.
exercise at home.