You need to self-isolate while awaiting your test result in the following circumstances:
- you have COVID-19 symptoms or have presented in the last 10 days. In this situation, people living with you must also isolate themselves while waiting for your test result;
- at least one person living under the same roof as you has symptoms consistent with COVID-19;
- you have been flagged by public health as having been in contact at moderate or high risk with a case of COVID-19;
- you have returned from a trip outside the country.
If none of the above criteria apply to you, you do not need to self-isolate. We do recommend that you abide by general hygiene measures. If the result of your test is positive, you will receive instructions from the public health authorities.
Cover your nose and mouth
Wear a mask or a face covering over your nose and mouth when you are in an enclosed or partially enclosed public place.
To learn how to make and use your own face covering, look at the Wearing a mask or a face covering in public settings in the context of the COVID‑19 pandemic page.
Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing
- Use a paper facial tissue when you cough, sneeze or blow your nose.
- Throw the tissue away in the trash as soon as possible then wash your hands thoroughly.
- If no paper tissues are available, cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow.
Wash your hands often
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap is not available and rub your hands together until they are dry.
- Also wash your hands when they are visibly dirty, before eating and after using the toilet.
- Close the toilet bowl lid before flushing and be sure to wash your hands.
Do not share personal items
Do not share dishes, utensils, glasses, towels, sheets and/or clothes with anyone else.
Call Info-Social 811
Call Info-Social 811 (24/7 Psychosocial Hotline) if you are experiencing any of the following:
- Stress or anxiety
- Lasting emotional reactions (frequent crying, irritability, etc.)
- Ideas that never leave you alone, never cease and frighten you
Psychosocial health professionals will provide support and share information and advice as needed. To help you minimize the repercussions of these kinds of reactions on your life, see the Stress, anxiety and depression associated with the coronavirus COVID‑19 disease.
Information about COVID-19
COVID‑19 is a disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Read here about the symptoms of COVID‑19 and the modes of transmission.
To make the best possible decisions for your health and that of your loved ones during the COVID‑19 pandemic, consult the Self-Care Guides. They will tell you the best ways to protect yourself from COVID‑19, take care of yourself, provide basic care to family members and friends and where and when to consult if you need care or services.
Last update: February 18, 2021