COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Most infected people will develop mild to moderate illness and recover without hospitalization. Up-to-date information on COVID-19 can be found on the World Health Organization’s Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19), external link webpage.
Self-monitor for symptoms
- Familiarize yourself with symptoms. The Government of Ontario provides an up to datePDF file COVID-19 Reference document for symptoms, external link.
- Self-monitor daily. Employees should self-monitor daily for any COVID-19 related symptoms using the COVID-19 Reference document for symptoms.
- For serious symptoms, seek medical attention immediately. Always call before visiting your healthcare practitioner.
If you are experiencing symptoms or have been in close-contact with a confirmed or possible COVID-19 case
Employees should not come to campus if they:
- experience COVID-19 symptoms;
- have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or someone who has symptoms of COVID-19;
- have returned from travel anywhere outside Canada in the past 14 days.
In any of these circumstances, employees are advised to stay home andPDF file self-isolate, external link and complete the Government of Ontario’s COVID-19 self-assessment, external link tool to determine how to seek further care.
Based on the instructions, if no further medical follow-up is required, employees should follow regular sick leave protocols and return to campus once they are no longer ill.
What to do if you feel unwell while on campus
If you start feeling unwell while on campus please:
- Stop your work and make reasonable effort to distance yourself from others.
- Ensure that your work area is in a safe state.
- Contact your supervisor and go home.
- Stay home andPDF file self-isolate, external link and complete the Government of Ontario’s COVID-19 self-assessment, external link tool to determine how to seek further care.
When to end isolation...
...if you have been ill with COVID-19
General guidelines recommend that if you have been ill with COVID-19, after 14 days you can stop isolating if you do not have a fever (and have not been taking fever-suppressing medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen) and your symptoms have improved. You should maintain physical distancing measures and continue to follow health and hygiene best practices for preventing virus transmission.
...If you have received direction from a health agency to self-isolate
If you have received a recommendation to self-isolate, follow the directives of the health agency or medical care provider on when to end isolation.
Returning to campus
There are no tests of clearance that are required to return to campus — you do not need proof or a doctor’s note. If employees are still unwell at 14 days, they should be advised to contact Telehealth Ontario, external link or their health care provider.
Toll-free TTY: 1-866-797-0007
Toronto Public Health Hotline
8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.