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COVID-19: When to Seek Help

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Signs and symptoms

Symptoms for the novel coronavirus are similar to those for influenza or other respiratory illnesses. They can range from mild to moderate and include:

  • Fever above 38 degrees Celsius
  • A new cough, or worsening chronic cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • A new onset of fatigue
  • A new onset of muscle pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of sense of taste
  • Loss of sense of smell
  • In children, purple markings on the fingers and toes

CMOH Coronavirus Infographic - March 15 2020In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

What to do if you think you might have come in contact with Coronavirus

Here's what to do if you think you might have come in contact with Coronavirus:

  • If you are displaying mild or moderate symptoms of COVID-19, complete the self-assessment by visiting or call Tele-Care 811. Describe your symptoms and travel history. They will provide advice on what you should do. Please be patient. As expected, they are receiving a large volume of calls.
  • Do NOT come to an Emergency Department. Stay at home and self-isolate and self-monitor.

If you're looking for information on COVID-19, call the Public Health Agency of Canada's information line: 1-833-784-4397