Coronavirus-What you need to know to protect yourself

What you need to know to reduce your risk of getting sick and What to do if you get sick

Reminders from the Ministry of Health in Ontario: 

  • Contact Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000) or a local public health unit or your healthcare provider if you are experiencing symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus
  • Please do not visit an assessment centre unless you have symptoms 
  • DO NOT CALL 911, unless it is an emergency

Symptoms and Treatment of COVID-19

According to the Ontario Ministry of Health and Health Canada, symptoms range from mild – like the flu and other common respiratory infections- to severe. The most common symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Coughing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Muscle aches
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Diarrhea

In severe cases, symptoms can include pneumonia in both lungs, kidney failure and in some cases, death.

According to the Ministry of Health, there are no specific treatments for COVID-19 at this time, and most people with common human coronavirus illnesses will recover on their own. 

You should: 

  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Get rest and sleep as much as possible 
  • Try a humidifier or a hot shower to help with a sore throat or cough

What to do if you get sick?

  • Stay home and call your doctor 
  • If your symptoms feel worse than a common cold call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or contact your local physician’s office and mention your symptoms and your travel history. If you need additional assessment, your healthcare provider or Telehealth will direct you to in-person care options.
  • If you are not sick enough to be hospitalized, you can recover at home and self-isolate 

If you need immediate medical attention you should call 911 and mention your travel history and symptoms.

How to protect yourself?

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer 
  • Sneeze and cough into your sleeve
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you are sick 
  • Avoid crowds and all non-essential travel
  • Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs and practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces

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