What to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19
If you are experiencing one or more COVID-19 symptoms you should get tested. Book an appointment through:
- Your doctor
- Hamilton Public Health Services COVID-19 Hotline at 905-974-9848
You should also self-isolate, which means:
- Only leaving your home or seeing other people for critical reasons (like a medical emergency).
- Accessing services over the phone, online, or asking for help from friends, family or neighbours.
- Avoid isolating in a place where there are people:
- older than 65 years of age;
- with a chronic medical condition (e.g., diabetes, heart and/or lung disease, cancer); and/or
- with a compromised immune system.
- Do not go to an Assessment Centre to get a COVID-19 test unless you have an appointment booked by a health care provider.
You must also:
- Tell people you had close contact, (e.g., those who you live with and those who were within 6 feet and had face-to-face exposure with you) within the 48 hours before your symptoms began, to self-isolate for 14 days after their last close contact with you.
- Monitor your health for 14 days from the first day you developed symptoms.
Most people with COVID-19 will recover on their own by:
- Drinking plenty of fluids;
- Getting rest and sleeping as much as possible; and
- Using a humidifier or a hot shower to help with a sore throat or cough.
If you are having difficulty breathing or experiencing other severe symptoms, call 911 immediately.
You can stop self-isolating 14 days after your symptoms began AND when you have been symptom-free (i.e., feeling well) for at least 24 hours.
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