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.

Self-isolation instructions

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.