Self-IsolationSelf-Isolation

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What is self-isolation?

Self-isolation helps prevent the spread of the virus. You must isolate yourself from others if you have COVID-19 symptoms, even if you are fully vaccinated. You may also need to self-isolate if someone you live with is ill. Self-isolation means that you do not leave your home except for individual outdoor exercise and to seek urgent medical care. 

Do I need to self-isolate? What must the people I live with do? 

A chart that gives different situations (tested positive, symptoms, close contacts, international travel) and indicates what you and the people you live with need to do in each situation. To read this text in a web reader, click Version for web reader: Do I need to self-isolate? What must the people I live with do? 

What can I do while self-isolating?

  • Stay in your home.
  • Obtain services over the phone or online and ask for help from others if needed.
  • Order grocery or pharmacy delivery or ask someone to pick them up for you.
  • Use the phone or internet to connect with family or friends.
  • Go outside on your personal property.
  • Leave home for independent outdoor exercise or exercise with a caregiver. Maintain a 2 metre distance from others, do not participate in in-person fitness with others, and wear a mask if you must enter a shared area to go outdoors (for example, in an apartment building).
  • Seek urgent health care. Please notify the health care provider if you have tested positive for COVID-19, have symptoms of COVID-19, or are a close contact.

What can I NOT do while self-isolating?

  • No visitors, except those considered essential (for example, health care workers).
  • No grocery shopping in the store or at curbside pickup.
  • Do not return to work or other activities.

What benefits are available if I miss work due to self-isolation?

The Ontario COVID-19 Worker Income Protection Benefit is available to people who are self-isolating for reasons related to COVID-19.  

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If… you have tested positive for COVID-19 or if you have symptoms of COVID-19

  • If you are not fully vaccinated and you are aged 12+ or if you are immunocompromised, self-isolate for 10 days.
  • If you are fully vaccinated or if you are under the age of 12, self-isolate for 5 days so long as you have no fever and symptoms have been improving for 24 hours (or 48 hours for nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting). You must take additional precautions until day 10 from the start of your symptoms or your positive test, whichever came first: Keep wearing a well-fitted mask and follow public health measures. Avoid activities where mask removal would be necessary, including dining out and practicing/playing sports where masking cannot be maintained. Do not visit anyone who is at higher risk of illness, such as seniors (note that some disabilities are invisible). Avoid entering highest risk settings. Highest risk settings are hospitals (including paramedic services), home and community care, congregate living, long term care and retirement homes, First Nation elder care lodges, group homes, shelters, hospices, correctional institutions, Provincial Demonstration schools, and hospital schools.) Please contact a specific organization if you have questions about their policy.

If… a member of your household has tested positive for COVID-19 or a member of your household has symptoms of COVID-19 

  • Everyone must take additional precautions for 10 days from your last contact (unmasked & closer than 2 metres) with the ill household member: Keep wearing a well-fitted mask and follow public health measures. Avoid activities where mask removal would be necessary, including dining out and practicing/playing sports where masking cannot be maintained. Do not visit anyone who is at higher risk of illness, such as seniors (note that some disabilities are invisible). Avoid entering highest risk settings. Highest risk settings are hospitals (including paramedic services), home and community care, congregate living, long term care and retirement homes, First Nation elder care lodges, group homes, shelters, hospices, correctional institutions, Provincial Demonstration schools, and hospital schools.) Please contact a specific organization if you have questions about their policy.
  • You must also self-isolate for the same length of time as the ill household member, with some exceptions: 
  • If any of the following apply, you do not need to self-isolate, unless you have symptoms:
    • You are aged 18+ and have received a booster dose
    • You are under age 18 and are fully vaccinated
    • You have previously tested positive for COVID-19 and finished self-isolation in the past 90 days. 

If… you are a close contact of someone who has COVID-19, but you do not live with the person who has COVID-19.

  • You do not need to self-isolate. 
  • You must take additional precautions for 10 days from your last contact (unmasked & closer than 2 metres) with the ill person: Keep wearing a well-fitted mask and follow public health measures. Avoid activities where mask removal would be necessary, including dining out and practicing/playing sports where masking cannot be maintained. Do not visit anyone who is at higher risk of illness, such as seniors (note that some disabilities are invisible). Avoid entering highest risk settings. Highest risk settings are hospitals (including paramedic services), home and community care, congregate living, long term care and retirement homes, First Nation elder care lodges, group homes, shelters, hospices, correctional institutions, Provincial Demonstration schools, and hospital schools.) Please contact a specific organization if you have questions about their policy.

If… a member of your household is a close contact of someone who has COVID-19 

  • Self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. 
  • If possible, maintain a 2-metre distance from the person who is a close contact and wear a mask if distancing is difficult.
  • If the person who is a close contact has symptoms, please follow instructions under “If… a member of your household has tested positive for COVID-19 or a member of your household has symptoms of COVID-19” 

If… you have travelled internationally in the past 14 days

  • Self-isolate for 14 days, unless exempt. Visit www.travel.gc.ca for details.
  • Self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. 
  • According to federal travel requirements, children aged 5-11 who are unvaccinated and have returned from international travel in the past 14 days must wear a mask in all indoor public settings (including schools), even if exempt from quarantine.

If… a member of your household has travelled internationally in the past 14 days

  • If the person who travelled is required to self-isolate, maintain a 2-metre distance from the person who travelled and wear a mask if distancing is difficult. Stay home except for essential reasons such as work, school, or childcare.
  • Otherwise, you do not need to self-isolate or take additional precautions unless you or a member of your household has symptoms of COVID-19. 

 

 

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