Help stop the spread and prevent future outbreaks! Use this new Canadian contact tracing app to:
For more information and to download, visit the Public Health Agency of Canada COVID Alert page.
If you have general questions about COVID-19, or worry that you may have been exposed and aren’t sure what to do, please call the Toronto Public Health hotline. Information is available in multiple languages.
TTY (teletypewriter): 416-392-0658
Hours*: 8:30 am to 8:00 pm daily
After-hours: call 311 and ask for Toronto Public Health | TTY: 416-338-0889 | Email: email@example.com
*Hours subject to change. Check the City of Toronto’s COVID-19 webpage for up-to-date information.
Effective July 7, 2020, wearing a mask or face covering is required in indoor public spaces in Toronto under the mandatory mask or face covering bylaw. Wearing masks or face coverings indoors helps keep our respiratory droplets to ourselves to prevent spreading germs to others.
Wearing non-medical (cloth) masks or face coverings is an added public health measure for containing the spread of COVID-19 when it is used in combination with frequent handwashing, physical distancing and staying home when sick.To protect yourself and others, wear a non-medical mask or face covering when:
Public health officials make recommendations for wearing masks based on a number of factors. These factors include rates of infection and/or transmission in the community. In some jurisdictions, the use of masks is now mandatory in many indoor public spaces and on public transit. Check with your local public health authority on the requirements for your location.
Well-designed and well-fitting masks or face coverings can prevent the spread of your infectious respiratory droplets. They may also help protect you from the infectious respiratory droplets of others.How well a mask or face covering works depends on the materials used, how the mask is made, and most importantly, how well it fits.
A mask or face covering can be homemade or purchased, and should:
Reusable masks with a non-woven filter layer should be washed daily, and can be washed multiple times. Disposable filters should be changed daily or as directed by the manufacturer.
Non-medical face masks should not:
(Source: Government of Canada - Non-medical face masks and coverings)
The most common symptoms, which may appear between 2-14 days after exposure, include:
Other symptoms may include:
Currently, populations that are more vulnerable include the following, as they seem to develop serious illness more often than others:
(Source: Government of Ontario - Symptoms of COVID-19)
Clinical features of patients infected with 2019 novel coronavirus in Wuhan, China
(See the Lancet article)
From the Government of Ontario.
If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has it, take this self-assessment from the Ontario government to help determine if you need to seek further care.
You will get a recommendation on what to do next. You can also take it on behalf of someone else.
From the Government of Canada.
From the Government of Ontario.
A self-assessment tool to help you decide if you should or should not go to school/child care today.
Find an assessment site:
Includes hours and up-to-date information on what you need to know before visiting a centre. Updated by Ushma Purohit (University of Toronto Medical Student) & Michael Fralick (MD, PhD)
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