If You Have Symptoms of COVID-19

Symptoms of COVID-19 are generally mild to moderate for most people who become infected. In some cases, they can be severe. Most people with mild to moderate symptoms can recover on their own at home. Please do not call 911 or show up at the hospital if you are not experiencing severe illness.

Complete a COVID-19 self-assessment

  • For children and youth, use the COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening Tool:
    • You must screen your child for COVID-19 every day before going to school, childcare and any other activity outside the home (e.g. sports, dance lessons, etc). You can use the online screening tool or download the paper version.
  • For adults, use the COVID-19 Self-assessment Tool:
    • If you are screening yourself or any other adult, you must use the COVID-19 Self-assessment Tool which was designed for adults. It is important to use the right assessment tool since some symptoms that are not considered typical of COVID-19 in children and youth are in fact symptoms of COVID-19 in adults.  

If you or a member of your household are experiencing ANY symptoms:

You must self-isolate. It is strongly recommended that individuals with any symptoms of COVID-19 and no known alternative diagnosis be tested for COVID-19.

Tested. Now what? Consult these instructions for individuals tested for COVID-19.

If you are having difficulty breathing or experiencing other severe symptoms:

Call 911 or go to a hospital emergency room immediately. Advise them of your symptoms and travel history.

How Long Must You Self-Isolate?

For students, please see the Return to School Protocols page.

The length of your isolation period depends on what the person with symptoms does next.

1. If they seek testing for COVID-19 and get a NEGATIVE test result, self-isolation ends:

Person with Symptoms All Other Household Members
When they have no fever (without use of medication) for 24 hours AND their symptoms have been improving for at least 24 hours. Immediately

 

2. If they seek testing for COVID-19 and get a POSITIVE test result:

  • Everyone in the household must continue to self-isolate until further directives are provided by the EOHU.
     

3. If they receive an alternative diagnosis from a health care provider that confirms the symptoms are not related to COVID-19, self-isolation ends:

Person with Symptoms All Other Household Members
When their symptoms have been improving for at least 24 hours. Immediately

4. If they do not seek testing, but it was recommended, self-isolation ends after:

Person with Symptoms All Other Household Members
10 days from when their symptoms started AND they have no fever (without use of medication) for 24 hours AND their symptoms have been improving for at least 24 hours. 14 days from their last contact with the person with symptoms. If the person with symptoms cannot isolate from the rest of their household, ALL household members must quarantine for 14 days, starting from the end of their 10-day isolation period.

Related information

COVID-19 Symptoms and Treatment (Ontario Ministry of Health)

Contact Tracing, Risk, and What You Need to Know

Self-Monitoring, Self-Isolation and Isolation Instructions for COVID-19

How to Care for Pets or Other Animals If You Have COVID-19

Instructions for individuals tested for COVID-19

Have you been tested for COVID-19? Check your result online with Ontario's lab results portal.

Eastern Ontatio Health Unit / Bureau de santé de l'Ontario