While it is a good idea for everyone to practice self-isolation as an attempt to flatten the curve of COVID-19 infections (and as a preventive measure for at-risk groups), some specific cases do require it more than others.
The Government of Canada recommends self-isolation and quarantine for these specific cases:
|When||You have no symptoms.
You have traveled abroad recently or may have been in contact with a COVID-19 infected person.
|You are showing symptoms, even if mild.
You are waiting for COVID-19 diagnosis results or have been recently diagnosed.
|How||Stay at home and be on the lookout for symptoms, even mild symptoms, for at least 14 days.
Avoid contact with members of your household and community, as much as possible. If you start developing symptoms over the course of these days, you will have prevented the spread of disease to others.
|Stay at home until your healthcare professional or Public Health Authority advises you are no longer at risk of spreading the virus to others.
Avoid contact with members of your household and community, especially individuals at risk of severe negative outcomes, such as older adults and vulnerable individuals with compromised immune system.
|Action Required||If you start developing symptoms, even if mild, stay home. Avoid all personal contact and call your Public Health Authority as soon as possible.||If your symptoms worsen, seek immediate help by contacting your healthcare professional or public health authorities. Follow their instructions. If you are experiencing severe shortness of breath or chest pain, seek emergency help (call 911).|
Self-isolation is proven to be an efficient method of virus containment. Combined with regular hygiene and proper decontamination measures if you live with other people, self-isolation can protect others from contracting a virus, which in turns, decrease the chances of an outbreak in your community.
Self-isolation is a responsible behaviour that can ultimately save lives. If you meet the criteria mentioned above, consider it seriously.
If you can, planning for self-isolation in advance is a good way to make sure you stick to it and that your morale remains high. Here is some advice to make sure you are prepared.
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The information contained herein is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide complete information on the subject matter or to replace the advice of a health professional. This information does not constitute medical consultation, diagnosis or opinion and should not be interpreted as such. Please consult your health care provider if you have any questions about your health, medications or treatment.