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Symptoms of  2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Those with COVID-19 may have little to no symptoms. You may not know you have symptoms of COVID-19 because they are similar to the common cold or flu. Symptoms may take anywhere from 2-14 days to appear and can include:

  • fever
  • cough
  • difficulty breathing

In severe cases, infection can lead to death, but that is most common when the infected individual already has a weakened immune system. This may be the case for older people, and anyone with chronic disease such as diabetes, cancer, heart, renal or chronic lung disease.

ALL CANADIANS ARE TO AVOID ALL NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF CANADA

What Can You Do?

Residents are encouraged to play their part in preventing the spread of any respiratory illness by taking the following steps:

EXERCISE SOCIAL DISTANCING 

avoid non-essential trips in the community

  • limit, postpone or cancel group gatherings
  • avoid non-essential trips in the community
  • conduct meetings virtually wherever possible
  • keep children away from group settings
  • Cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue or into your elbow, not into your hand.
  • Now and in any cold and flu season, stay home if you are sick to avoid spreading illness to others.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

PRACTICE PERSONAL HYGIENE

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If you are unable to access soap and water, use 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

For more information on how to manage the spread of disease, as well as how to ensure you are making risk-informed decisions when planning for large events and gatherings:

Community-based measures to mitigate the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Canada

ADVICE FOR TRAVELLERS RETURNING TO CHATHAM-KENT

As of March 17th, anyone returning to Canada from outside of the country in the last  14 days, which would make for a return date of March 3rd or later, must self isolate for 14 days from the day they arrived back into Canada. Anyone who has returned to Canada since March 17th and anyone still trying to get back to Canada must also self isolate for 14 days from the day of their arrival back into Canada. 

If during self-isolation, you develop respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.

ALL travellers with symptoms should notify their healthcare provider prior to visiting any healthcare facility.

A self-assessment provided by the Ministry of Health can be completed online here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus.