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 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.

If you are experiencing mild to moderate (non-severe) 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.

How Long Must You Self-Isolate?

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

If you have symptoms, you must self-isolate. If you do not get tested, you must continue to self-isolate for 10 days from symptom onset unless a health care provider confirms that symptoms are unrelated to COVID-19. If you do get tested, you must continue to self-isolate while waiting for your test results.

  • If you obtain a negative test result, you can stop self-isolating provided you have no fever (without use of medication) for 24 hours and your symptoms have been improving for at least 24 hours.
  • If you obtain a positive test result, you can only stop self-isolating when directed to do so by public health.

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