The Public Health Agency of Canada is providing you with information to help your community prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
COVID-19 most commonly spreads from an infected person to another person through: respiratory droplets when you cough or sneeze, close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands, and touching something with the virus on it, then touching your face before washing your hands.
If you become ill with COVID-19
If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or if you have symptoms, then immediately quarantine yourself from others and contact your local health authority.
You or members in your household or community may be asked to quarantine or isolate if they become ill to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others.
You must quarantine for 14 days if you or someone from your household returns from travel outside of Canada and/or had close contact with someone who has or is suspected to have COVID-19. You must:
- Stay at home and monitor your symptoms
- Avoid contact with other people
- Prevent the spread of disease by practicing physical distancing at home
Isolation means staying home when you have a symptom of COVID-19 and it is possible that you have been exposed to the virus. You must:
- Go directly home and/or stay home
- Monitor your symptoms as directed by your healthcare provider
- Immediately contact your health care provider or local health authority and follow their instructions if symptoms get worse
Reminder for travellers:
As of November 21, 2020, new mandatory requirements for travellers to Canada to submit COVID-related information electronically will be in effect. Use ArriveCAN to comply with the new mandatory requirements. Submitting information digitally will also help to speed up processes at the border and limit contact with others.
If you have returned to Canada after travel, you will be contacted by the Government of Canada from 1-888-336-7735 to verify your compliance during your 14-day quarantine.
Additional details on quarantine and isolation can be found in the factsheets included below. These resources are available in multiple languages for free from the Public Health Agency of Canada. We ask that you share this important information with members of your community.
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 download the COVID Alert app. It can let people know of possible exposures before any symptoms appear.
For the latest and most up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit Canada.ca/coronavirus or call the toll-free phone line at 1-833-784-4397, which offers information in multiple languages.
The Public Health Agency of Canada thanks you in advance for your collaboration to help protect the health and safety of Canadians.
Fact Sheet: About coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
Fact Sheet: How to quarantine (self-isolate) at home when you may have been exposed to COVID-19 and have no symptoms
Fact Sheet - How to isolate at home when you may have COVID-19
Fact Sheet – People who are at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19