Reminders on what to do if you have COVID-19


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With Ontario nearing the peak of the seventh wave of COVID-19 here are some reminders on what to do if you test positive or have been exposed.

Transmission of the virus is high in Durham Region right now according to wastewater data.

If you have symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19

The province says if you have symptoms of COVID-19, assume that you may have the virus and may be contagious.

Symptoms include:

  • fever or chills
  • cough
  • shortness of breath
  • decreased or loss of taste or smell
  • two or more of:
    • runny nose or nasal congestion
    • headache
    • extreme fatigue
    • sore throat
    • muscle aches or joint pain
    • gastrointestinal symptoms (such as vomiting or diarrhea)

If you have these symptoms, you should isolate:

  • for at least five days if you are:
    • fully vaccinated
    • under 12 years of age
  • for at least 10 days if you are:
    • over the age of 12 and not fully vaccinated
    • immunocompromised
    • live in a highest risk setting

Your isolation period begins the day after you noticed your symptoms or the day after you received a positive test result, whichever came first.

The day you first noticed symptoms or took the test is considered day zero.

If you reach the end of your isolation period and have a fever or other symptoms, you must continue to isolate until your symptoms have improved for at least 24 hours (or 48 hours if the symptoms affect the digestive system) and you have no fever.

After you finish isolating

For five days (or 10 days if you are immunocompromised) after your isolation period ends, you should wear a well-fitted mask in all public settings.

You can temporarily remove your mask for essential activities (such as when eating in shared space at school/work while still maintaining as much distancing from others as possible).

You can participate in activities where masking can be maintained throughout, but you should avoid activities where mask removal would be necessary (such as dining out).

Once your isolation period is complete you should:

  • avoid visiting anyone who is immunocompromised or at higher risk of illness (for example, seniors)
  • not visit or go to work in any highest risk settings

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