COVID-19: Symptoms

The information on this page is accurate as of December 31, 2021.

Call 911 or go directly to your nearest emergency department if you are experiencing severe difficulty breathing, severe chest pain, feeling confused or unsure of where you are, or you are losing consciousness.



Current COVID-19 symptoms that require immediate self-isolation, regardless of vaccination status, include:

  • One or more of:
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath
    • Decreased or loss of taste or smell
  • Two or more of:
    • Runny nose or nasal congestion
    • Headache
    • Extreme fatigue
    • Sore throat
    • Muscle aches or joint pain
    • Gastrointestinal symptoms (such as vomiting or diarrhea)

You can also take the COVID-19 self-assessment.

Children/youth attending school or child care can take the COVID-19 school and child care screening assessment.


Yes, I have COVID-19 symptoms.

If you have any of the symptoms of COVID-19, it is highly likely that you have a COVID-19 infection.

You and your household members, regardless of vaccination status, must self-isolate immediately and follow the directions provided by the Ministry of Health on the What to do if you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 page.

NOTE: If you live, work, volunteer or are admitted into a HIGH-RISK HEALTH CARE SETTING you must follow specific guidance that is listed on What to do if you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 page. These settings/individuals include; hospitals, Long-Term Care, retirement homes, congregate living settings, and health care workers providing care to immunocompromised people.


No, I don’t have COVID-19 symptoms.

If your symptoms are not on the COVID-19 symptoms list above, it is less likely that you have COVID-19.

  • Stay home until your symptoms have been improving for at least 24 hours (or 48 hours if the symptoms affect the digestive system, like vomiting or diarrhea).
  • Your household contacts do not need to stay home and self-isolate unless they get any of the symptoms of COVID-19 listed above.
Last Updated: 12/01/2022