I have been exposed to COVID-19. How do I quarantine at home?

This article contains information from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

People with COVID-19 do not always recognize their early symptoms. Even if you do not have symptoms now, it is possible to transmit COVID-19 before you start showing symptoms or without ever developing symptoms.

You need to quarantine (self-isolate) for 14 days if, you:

  • are returning from travel outside of Canada (mandatory quarantine)
  • had close contact with someone who has or is suspected to have COVID-19 (presumed positive)
  • have been told by public health that you may have been exposed and need to quarantine (self-isolate)

Quarantine (self-isolate) means that, for 14 days you need to:

  • stay at home and monitor yourself for symptoms, even just one mild symptom
  • avoid contact with other people to help prevent transmission of the virus prior to developing symptoms or at the earliest stage of illness
  • do your part to prevent the spread of disease by practicing physical distancing in your home monitor yourself for symptoms,
  • take and record your temperature daily (or as directed by your public health authority)
  • avoid using fever-reducing medications (e.g., acetaminophen, ibuprofen) as much as possible

If you start to develop symptoms within 14 days of your quarantine, you must:

  • isolate yourself from others as soon as you notice your first symptom
  • immediately call a local public health authority to discuss your symptoms and travel history, and follow their instructions carefully
  • if you are at risk of more severe disease or outcomes, you should monitor yourself for worsening or urgent symptoms if you develop urgent symptoms, call 911 or your local emergency helpline.

For more information, visit Canada.ca/coronavirus or call 1-833-784-4397.

Last updated: December 7, 2020 4006431