The Ministry of Health in Ontario has recently published a Self-Assessment test that can be taken at home before going to a hospital or COVID-19 testing clinic. They have advised that people who think or may feel like they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 to take the self-assessment test to see what next steps should be taken.
Self-Assessment Test for the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
Credit to: Ministry Health of Ontario
The disease caused by the novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China, has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) – ‘CO’ stands for corona, ‘VI’ for virus, and ‘D’ for disease.
If you think you have symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) or possibly have been in close contact with someone who has it, the Ministry of Health in Ontario has published a self-assessment to help determine if you need to seek additional medical care.
However, if you are experiencing sever symptoms such as difficulty breathing, call 911 and advise them of your symptoms and travel history.
Note: This information is not intended to provide medical advice. If you have medical questions, consult a health practitioner, your local public health unity, and or Telehealth Ontario.
If you are feeling unwell with any of the following symptoms:
- Fever, new coughs or difficulty breathing (or a combination of the symptoms)?
- Muscle aches, fatigue, headache, sore throat, runny nose or diarrhea?
- Please note symptoms in young children may also be non-specific (For example: Lethargy, poor feeding)
And did you experience any of the following:
- Have you travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days?
- Does someone you are in close contact with have COVID-19 (For example: someone in your household or workplace)?
- Are you in close contact with a person who is sick with respiratory symptoms (For example: fevers, coughs, or difficulty breathing) who recently travelled outside of Canada?
If you have answered “yes” to these questions you should seek clinical assessment for COVID-19 over the phone.
Based on current data, most COVID-19 illnesses are mild in nature. As such contacting a clinician or a doctor can help advise you on whether you will require further care or a potential testing in person.
You have the following options:
- Contact your primary care provider (for example a family doctor)
- Contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-800-797-0000 and speak with a Registered Nurse
If you have answered “no” to these questions, it is unlikely that you have COVID-19
- Continue to monitor your health for a full 14 days after your return to Ontario or contact with someone who may have COVID-19
- If you start to feel worse or have questions / concerns about your health, call a local public health unit, primary care provider, or Telehealth Ontario (1-800-797-0000)
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