How can I know if I have COVID-19?
Symptoms can look the same as the seasonal flu or common cold: fever, cough, difficulty breathing, pneumonia.
Or, you might not have any symptoms.
Symptoms could appear within two days of exposure, or up to 14 days following exposure.
The flu vaccine won’t protect you against COVID-19, nor will any natural health products.
The only way to know you have COVID-19, is to be tested by a local health care provider.
What should I do if I have symptoms?
If you’re generally healthy, stay home. Do NOT go to the hospital. Most people with mild coronavirus illness will get better on their own.
BUT if you’re older, have a compromised immune system, or are experiencing shortness of breath, yes – please do go to the hospital.
Don’t just drop in on your health care provider. They need a chance to get ready for your arrival -- call ahead to your primary care physician, walk-in clinic, or hospital emergency department. They’ll ask you to wear a mask, and you should expect to be isolated while you wait.
Be ready for when you see a doctor. Tell them your symptoms, where you’ve traveled, if you’ve had direct contact with animals, or close contact with someone who’s sick – especially if they have fever, cough, or trouble breathing.
NOTE: some people have zero symptoms, but still test positive.
What if I test positive for COVID-19 but they send me home?
You must self-isolate. Stay home, keep away from everyone – even family members.
If possible, maintain separate bathrooms and separate bedrooms.