Slow the Spread

What you need to do to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, how to self-isolate if you’ve travelled or have symptoms and how to care for someone with COVID-19.

Symptoms and treatment

Complications from COVID-19 can include serious conditions, like pneumonia or kidney failure and, in some cases, death.

There is no specific treatment for COVID-19, and there is no vaccine that protects against the coronavirus that causes it. Most people who get COVID-19 will recover on their own. Typical treatment for common coronaviruses includes:

  • drinking plenty of fluids

  • getting as much rest and sleep as possible

  • using a humidifier or taking a hot shower to help with a sore throat or cough

If you start to feel symptoms of COVID-19

If you begin to feel symptoms of COVID-19, you should stay home and self-isolate immediately and take a self-assessment to help determine how to seek further care. Only call 911 if it is an emergency.

What you need to do

COVID-19 is spread mainly from person to person through close contact, for example, in a household, workplace or health care centre. There is no vaccine available to protect against COVID-19, but there are things you should do to help prevent the spread of coronavirus that causes the disease.

Everyday actions

Take these everyday steps to reduce exposure to the virus and protect your health:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer

  • sneeze and cough into your sleeve

  • avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth

  • avoid contact with people who are sick

  • stay home if you are sick

Poster: What you need to know to help you and your family stay healthy (PDF)

Symptoms of COVID-19, which is the disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus, range from mild — like the flu and other common respiratory infections — to severe.

The most common symptoms include:

  • fever

  • cough

  • difficulty breathing

  • muscle aches

  • fatigue

  • headache

  • sore throat

  • runny nose

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For additional information, please visit the following websites:

  • Check the Ministry of Health website for additional information about the evolving situation, the provincial response and case numbers.

  • For more information on the Government of Canada’s response, including travel information and precautions at international airports and borders, visit Health Canada’s website.

What is Social (Physical) Distancing and Self-Isolation? 

Learn how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19

COVID-19 Self Assessment Tool

Take this self-assessment if you think you have coronavirus (COVID-19) or have been in close contact with someone who has it.


COVID-19 Pandemic Updates

Check here for rolling updates from the World Health Organization

Public Health Ontario Latest Updates

A brief overview of some of the published and unpublished reports related to emerging issues with respect to the COVID-19.

View the latest updates and announcements below