Self-isolation is for anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or anyone who has been instructed to separate yourself from others to help prevent the spread of the virus. Self-isolation when you are sick means that you do not leave your home unless absolutely necessary, such as to see medical care.
- Stay in your home
- Seek services over the phone or online and ask for help from others if needed.
- Order grocery or pharmacy delivery or have a friend, family member or neighbour deliver them (register at www.thedo.ca for volunteer help or call 211)
- Open a window for fresh air
- Use the phone or internet to connect with family or friends
What not to do while self-isolating:
- No visitors (only those essential and for medical reasons)
- No grocery shopping in the store
- No going to work or other activities
Who should self-isolate?
Take the COVID-19 self-assessment online or call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-000 for more information about who should self-isolate. Do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.
Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19, even if symptoms are mild, should self-isolate immediately
People who should self-isolate include:
- People who have travelled internationally in the past 14 days
- Those who have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19
- People experiencing symptoms
- People with compromised immune systems
- People with a chronic health condition
- Older adults 70 years of age and older
How to self-isolate
Self-isolation: Guide for caregivers, household members and close contacts
How to care for a child with COVID-19 at home: Advice for caregivers (Public Health Agency of Canada)
Take the COVID-19 self-assessment online to help determine how to seek further care and next steps. You can also call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000. Do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.
Physical Activity and Self-Isolation
While in self-isolation, it is still just as important as ever to keep physically active for maintaining both physical and mental well-being. There are plenty of physical activities that can be done around the home. Some ideas include:
- Online exercise classes
- Jump rope
- Stair stepping
- Weight lifting
Please visit WHO – Stay Physically Active During Quarantine for more ideas. While in self-isolation, individuals may still wish to go outdoors for some fresh air.
Please follow the below guidelines:
- If you are a confirmed positive case for COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please self-isolate indoors and open a window for fresh air. Even with mild symptoms, self-isolate indoors.
Active for Life – 200 Activities You Can do with Kids at Home
Finding Balance – Exercises at the Kitchen Sink
Fact Sheet - COVID-19: Delivering items to someone in self-isolation who is potentially or confirmed infected with COVID-19