What should I do if I suspect I have the 2019 Novel Coronavirus?

If you suspect you or someone close to you has contracted the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID19)  there are steps you can take to determine what to do.

NOTE: Contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or your local public health unit if you’re experiencing symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus. Do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.

What is a Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory infections like bronchitis, pneumonia, or severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

Coronaviruses are mainly spread from person to person through contact, like in the workplace, household, or health care centre. 

Where can I get the information? 

The Ministry of Health has created multi-language information sheets that you can reference to get the most up-to-date information on how to protect yourself and what to do if you think you have the virus.  

The information sheets are available in the following languages on the Ontario.ca website: 


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Last updated: February 25, 2020 4006409