Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 should self-isolate immediately at home or in another suitable environment, regardless of your vaccination status. It is recommended that you self-isolate for five days from the date of test or 24 hours since any fever has resolved without the aid of fever-reducing medications and all other symptoms are improving for at least 48 hours, whichever is later.
Up to 10 days after testing positive, continue to reduce exposures to others by distancing, wearing a mask, practicing respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene and limiting contacts especially with people at high risk for severe disease (older, immune compromised, etc.) and settings with people at high risk such as visiting long term care.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19:
- muscle and/or joint aches and pains
- sore throat
- runny nose
- nasal congestion
- loss of appetite (difficulty feeding for children)
- altered sense of taste or smell
- shortness of breath
- difficulty breathing
you can assume you have COVID-19 and likely the Omicron variant. You do not need to be tested by PCR to confirm, and you should use an at-home rapid test, which are available for free at locations throughout the province. If you don't get tested, stay home and away from other people until your symptoms get better. If you test negative on a rapid test but you still have symptoms, stay home and away from other people until you feel better, even if you have multiple negative rapid tests.