How to Self-Isolate

You must isolate for at least 14 days if you:

  • returned from travel outside Canada
  • have been in close contact with a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19

You must isolate for at least 10 days if you:

  • have been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • have symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild

Self-isolating means staying at home and avoiding contact with other people to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others in your home and your community.

This means that you should only leave your home or see other people for critical reasons. Where possible, you should seek services over the phone or internet or ask for help from friends, family or neighbours with essential errands.

When self-isolating you should:

Stay home

  • Do not use public transportation, taxis or rideshares
  • Do not go to work or other public places
  • Your health care provider will tell you when it is safe to leave

Limit the number of visitors in your home

  • Only have visitors who you must see and keep the visits short
  • Keep away from seniors and people with chronic medical conditions (for example, diabetes, lung problems, immune deficiency)

Avoid contact with others

  • Stay in a separate room away from other people in your home as much as possible
  • Use a separate bathroom if you have one
  • Make sure that shared rooms have good airflow (for example, open windows)>

Keep distance

  • If you are in a room with other people, keep a distance of at least two metres and wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth
  • If you cannot wear a mask, people should wear a mask when they are in the same room as you

Cover your coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
  • Cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hand
  • Throw used tissues in a lined waste basket and wash your hands. Lining the wastebasket with a plastic bag makes waste disposal easier and safer.
  • After emptying the wastebasket wash your hands

Wash your hands

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Dry your hands with a paper towel, or with your own cloth towel that no one else shares
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available

Wear a mask over your nose and mouth

  • Wear a mask if you must leave your house to see a health care provider
  • Wear a mask when you are within two metres of other people


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