Limit your exposure. Call your doctor.
The doctor’s office is a place where you might encounter many sick people. While we will be doing our best to clean surfaces and limit exposure to patients, the best thing you can do for your own health is to not come in. Call your doctor and see about switching your appointment to a phone visit. If they need a sample or physical exam to help you, they can sort out a safe time for you to come in.
What is it?
A pneumonia outbreak, now known to be caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19), was identified in Wuhan, China on December 31, 2019.
Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19. This is the longest known infectious period for this disease.
Symptoms have included:
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): How to care for a person with COVID-19 at home – Advice for caregivers
If you are caring for a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, follow this advice to protect yourself and others in the home, as well as those in your community.
How to isolate at home when you have COVID-19
Isolation means staying at home when you are sick with COVID-19 and avoiding contact with other people to help prevent the spread of disease to others in your home and your community.
To limit the spread of COVID-19, the Government of Canada advises that you avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice.
Many countries have put in place travel or border restrictions and other measures such as movement restrictions and quarantines.
Vulnerable populations and COVID-19
While diseases can make anyone sick, some Canadians are more at risk of getting an infection and developing severe complications due to their health, social and economic circumstances.
Know the facts about coronavirus disease
COVID-19 is an illness caused by a coronavirus. Human coronaviruses are common and are typically associated with mild illnesses, similar to the common cold.
Know the Difference : Self-monitoring, self-isolation, and isolation for COVID-19
Self monitoring is when you monitor your health for symptoms of COVID-19 like fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Self-isolation is when you have been instructed to separate yourself from others, with the purpose of preventing the spread of the virus, including those within your home.
Community-based measures to mitigate the spread of coronavirus disease in Canada
Guidance federal/provincial/territorial public health authorities on the use of public health measures to reduce and delay transmission of COVID-19 in the community. This includes social distancing.