Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses and are typically associated with illnesses similar to the common cold or flu. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person who are in close contact with one another (within 6 feet) or contact with respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
SYMPTOMS TO WATCH FOR
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:
- Shortness of breath
If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop these symptoms you should:
- Stay home except to get medical care and avoid public places and public transportation.
- Call ahead before visiting your health care provider.
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing with a tissue or your sleeve.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Use hand sanitizer and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
If you are travelling outside of Canada, it is recommended that you monitor your health for symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g. fever, cough or difficulty breathing) for 14 days after you arrive back in Canada. If you develop symptoms, self isolate and contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000. Canadians are also advised to avoid all cruise ship travel.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19, PLEASE REFER TO THE FOLLOWING SOURCES:
Government of Canada - COVID-19 Outbreak Update
World Health Organization (WHO)
Travel Health Notices from the Government of Canada
Toronto Public Health: 416-338-7600
Telehealth Ontario: +1-866-797-0000