Coronaviruses are viruses that attack your respiratory system. We have seen coronaviruses before with SARS (2002-2004) and MERS (2012). At the end of 2019, a new coronavirus, originating from China, was identified – severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 is called coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The COVID-19 outbreak was declared a pandemic in March 2020.

Symptoms of COVID-19 range from mild flu-like symptoms to severe. Common symptoms include: fever, cough, difficulty breathing, muscle aches, fatigue, headache, sore throat, runny nose, diarrhea and vomiting.

COVID-19 can lead to more serious conditions, including pneumonia, kidney failure, and death.

If you think you may have COVID-19, please self-isolate immediately and use this link to take a self-assessment. Please do not contact or visit any health care services before taking this self-assessment.

COVID-19 poses serious health risks to all Canadians. We continue to watch the development of this pandemic in Canada and the rest of the world. The number of positive cases in Canada continues to grow, meaning the risk to Canadians is high.

With the number of cases rising, there is significant pressure being put on our healthcare system. Canadians must work to together to flatten the curve. Social distancing and self-isolation will help reduce the spread of this virus.

Here is a list of everyday actions you can take to help stop the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often
  • Sneeze and cough into your sleeve
  • Avoid touching your face – especially your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Consider wearing a face mask and gloves when in close contact with other people (grocery stores, public transit, etc.)
  • Physical Distancing – The best way to reduce your risk to exposure is to social distance. Stay 2 meters away from anyone outside your household.

We are thankful to everyone who are working on the front lines of this pandemic.  We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. If anyone is looking for more information regarding the steps being taken regarding COVID-19 in Ontario, please visit

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What You Need to Know for COVID-19