Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): How to self-isolate at home when you may have been exposed and have no symptoms

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Organization: Public Health Agency of Canada

Date published: 2020-03-21

People with COVID-19 do not always recognize their early symptoms. Even though you do not have symptoms now, you need to self-isolate if in the last 14 days, you:

Self-isolate means that, for 14 days you need to:

Note: If you are living with a person who is isolated because they have or are suspected to have COVID-19, your self-isolation period may be extended beyond 14 days. Seek direction from your public health authority.

To self-isolate, take the following measures:

Limit contact with others

Things you can do while self-isolating

While keeping a physical distance of 2 metres from others, you can:

  • greet with a wave instead of a handshake, a kiss or a hug
  • use food delivery services or online shopping
  • ask family, a neighbor or friend to help with essential errands
  • exercise at home
  • go outside for some fresh air, a run, a bike ride, or to walk the dog
  • host online dinners and games with family and friends
  • use technology, such as video calls, to keep in touch with family and friends
  • work from home
  • get creative by drawing chalk art or running back yard obstacle courses and games

 Keep your hands clean

Keep surfaces clean and avoid sharing personal items

Monitor yourself for symptoms

Supplies to have at home when self-isolating

We can all do our part in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

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