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Why did I receive a text message from AHS?
AHS notifies people by text message to inform them of the following:
- Their COVID-19 test result
- Their required period of isolation is over
Why is AHS asking for my consent to send text messages to me?
When you book an appointment for your COVID-19 test, AHS will ask for your consent to receive your test result and other information about your health relating to COVID-19 through text message or automated phone message. This ensures we are able to provide you the information you need, as quickly as possible.
What if I do not consent to receive text messages from AHS?
If you do not consent to receive your COVID-19 test result through text message or automated phone message, an AHS Public Health team member will call you directly to make sure you get your test results.
Help Protect Healthcare Workers When Getting Tested
If you get a test, we need your help to keep healthcare workers safe. That means continuing to cough and sneeze into your elbow, and staying 2 metres away from other people wherever possible.
Follow any instructions you get, like turning up on time, calling ahead or waiting in your car.
The people testing you may wear protective equipment likes gowns or face coverings. This is nothing to worry about, it helps protect them and everyone they are testing.
Waiting For Your Results
You should continue to self-isolate while you are waiting for your results.If you were tested because you are a close contact and do not have symptoms,you should continue to restrict your movements.
You should also make a list of everyone you had close contact with in the 2days before you developed symptoms . If your results are positive, you will get your result by textmessage. This will include a link to a website where you can upload contactdetails for your close contacts. If you do not use the website, a contacttracer will ask you for their names and contact details.
If you are offered regular testing because you work or live in a place whereinfection is more likely, this is called serial testing. If you are gettingtested in this way, you can go to work or school as normal unless you get apositive result or develop symptoms.
Legal Requirements For Adults Or 18+ Not In High School:
You must isolate or quarantine if:
- you test positive for COVID-19.
- you have a cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat, or loss of sense of taste or smell that is not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition.
- you have travelled outside Canada within the last 14 days.
Confused About What To Do After A Covid Exposure Start Here
A guide to testing, quarantining, isolating and returning to work or school, depending on whether youve gotten vaccinated fully, partly or not at all, and your own history with COVID.
Editors note: Information on the COVID-19 crisis is constantly changing. For the latest numbers and updates, keep checking the CDCs website. For the most up-to-date information from Michigan Medicine, visit the hospital’s Coronavirus webpage.
Remember those Choose Your Own Adventure books from grade school?
The ones where you turned to a different page, depending on what you wanted a book character to do?
If you find out you or your child has been around someone who has COVID-19, you might feel like youre living in one of those books.
What should you do next?
And unlike the books, theres a lot more at stake if you make the wrong choice. Plus, you cant turn back to the page you started on.
So, heres a simple Choose Your Own Adventure-style guide to get you through the current surge in cases, and the next few months, safely.
For full details, follow the Choose Your Own Adventure text below.
Wait! This guide doesnt agree with what I was told before.
So the rules about who needs to do what, after they get exposed to a person with COVID-19, have changed.
And the rules apply to children and teens as well as adults. Younger people may not be as likely to get sick, but they can still spread the virus. So where we say you below, you can also substitute your child or teen.
Private Testing Options For International And Domestic Travellers
Following testing guidance from the Ministry of Health, Ottawas assessment centres no longer provide free COVID-19 tests for the purpose of pre-travel clearance.
Travellers should consult their travel carriers guidelines to ensure they have the most up-to-date information about requirements. Travellers should also refer to the federal governments travel website for up-to-date expectations and requirements related to their destination.
If there is a requirement to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test when traveling domestically or internationally, it is important to ensure ample time for testing and receiving results. COVID-19 testing services are available for a fee, and travellers in need of a test are encouraged to search for convenient local options.
For travellers using services from Ray Friel COVID-19 Care and Testing Centre and the COVID-19 Assessment Centre at Brewer Park Arena, results should be available 30 to 48 hours after the test. However, EORLA cannot guarantee this time period and travellers will be required to sign a waiver to recognize that the timing of their test results are not guaranteed.
Travellers are also responsible for verifying COVID-19 testing requirements with their airline or the place they will be visiting.
Suggested private providers to get tested for pre-travel clearance:
COVID-19 Assessment Centre at Brewer Park Arena
COVID-19 Care and Testing Centre Ray Friel
1585 Tenth Line, Ottawa
If You Start To Feel Sick Or Test Positive For Covid
- Stay home except to get medical care or be tested. Wear a mask before going to any medical appointments.
- Separate yourself from other people, including people who live with you, as much as you can. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, such as buses, trains, ride-sharing, or taxis.
- The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Other common symptoms include, but are not limited to: chills, muscle pain, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell. Not everyone with COVID-19 will have all symptoms and fever might not be present. Some people with COVID-19 might not have any symptoms.
- If you develop symptoms, VDH recommends that you get tested. Please reach out to your healthcare provider. Your provider may collect samples to test you or help you to find testing sites in your area.
- Ask your healthcare provider if you need monoclonal antibody treatment. This therapy can treat mild to moderate COVID-19 in adults and children 12 and older , who are at high risk for developing severe illness.
- Learn more about steps you can take to protect other people in your home and community if you are sick with COVID-19.
When To Use A Self
You can only use self-test if you do not have symptoms and have not been exposed to COVID-19covid 19.
If you have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19covid 19, you can get a free test provided by the Government of Ontario at an assessment centre or a participating community lab. You should self-isolate until you get a negative test result back.
Legal Requirements For Under 18 Or 18+ Attending High School:
Symptoms of runny nose and sore throat have been removed from the mandatory isolation checklist for Albertans under 18, whether they are attending classes, day care or recreational activities as well as individuals 18 years and over attending high school.
- For a child with no international travel in the past 14 days:
- If the child has any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath or loss of sense of smell or taste not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition:
- The child is to isolate for 10 days from onset of symptoms.
- Testing is recommended.
How Do I Know If I Have Covid
COVID-19 often causes symptoms similar to those a person with a bad cold or the flu would experience. And like the flu, the symptoms can progress and become life-threatening.
So far there has been much less than the usual number of cases of influenza, likely due to the enhanced public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID.
Therefore, at the current time, people with “flulike” symptoms should assume they have COVID. That means isolating and contacting your doctor or local board of health to arrange testing.
Close Contact With Someone With Covid
You are more likely to get COVID-19 if you are in close contact with a person who has COVID-19 while they are contagious or still able to spread illness to others.
Close contact means:
- Being within 6 feet of a person who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, or
- Having direct exposure to respiratory secretions , or
- Caring for a person who has COVID-19, or
- Living with a person who has COVID-19.
Exception: In K-12 settings, a student who was within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student is not considered a close contact as long as both students wore well-fitting masks the entire time. VDH expanded CDCs K-12 exception to include both indoor and outdoor settings. This exception does not apply to students on school buses. This exception also does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults.
People with COVID-19 can pass the COVID-19 virus to their close contacts starting from 2 days before they become sick until it is safe to be around other people .
People who have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19 need to stay home and away from others. This is called quarantine.
- There are some exceptions where people are not required to quarantine . These exceptions are described below.
At A Participating Pharmacy
You can get a COVID-19covid 19 test at a participating pharmacy if you do not have symptoms, have not been in close physical contact with someone who currently has COVID-19covid 19, are not part of a specific outbreak investigation, and if any of the following apply to you:
- Long-term care and other congregate settings
- a resident, worker , visitor , or government inspector of a long-term care home
- a resident, worker , visitor , or government inspector of a retirement home
- a resident or worker in a homeless shelter or other congregate setting
Groups targeted for testing by the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Long-term Care, or Public Health Ontario may change from time to time. You should confirm your eligibility for a COVID-19covid 19 test with your health care provider before seeking testing.
I Recently Spent Time With Someone Who Tested Positive For Covid
Yes, you do. In July 2021, the CDC recommended that anyone who is fully vaccinated and comes into contact with someone who has, or is suspected of having, COVID-19 should get tested three to five days after exposure. In addition, you should wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until you receive a negative test result. If you are vaccinated, you do not need to quarantine, but you should isolate if you develop symptoms or receive a positive test result.
Previously, the CDC had said that someone who was fully vaccinated only needed to get tested after exposure if they were experiencing symptoms. The change follows new evidence regarding the Delta variant, which shows that people who are vaccinated and then get infected can spread the virus to others, perhaps to the same extent as those who are unvaccinated.
If you are not fully vaccinated, a 14-day quarantine remains the best way to avoid spreading the virus to others after you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19. According to CDC guidelines, you may discontinue quarantine after a minimum of 10 days if you do not have any symptoms, or after a minimum of seven days if you have a negative COVID test within 48 hours of when you plan to end quarantine.
Cleaning And Safety Standards
We understand that going to a testing location may be stressful. Please know that testing locations have very high cleaning and safety standards to make sure the virus does not spread.
The testing location staff:
- wear the appropriate personal protective equipment
- disinfect using the highest-quality cleaning products
- make sure everyone is physically distancing
When And Where To Get A Pre
If you’re flying to Canada, you must take a test within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time of your flight to Canada. Airlines will refuse boarding to travellers who are unable to provide a valid molecular test result.
- If you have a connecting flight:
- the test must be conducted within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time of your last direct flight to Canada
- you may need to schedule the test in your transit city
If you’re driving, you must take a test in the United States within 72 hours of your planned entry into Canada.
If youre entering by water, you must take a within 72 hours of your planned entry to Canada.
For short trips that are less than 72 hours, Canadian citizens, people registered under the Indian Act, permanent residents and protected persons travelling outside of Canada are allowed to do their pre-entry molecular test before they leave Canada.
- If your test is more than 72 hours old when you re-enter Canada, youll be required to get a new pre-entry molecular test
- Before leaving Canada, verify that you meet the entry requirements for your destination country
The Government of Canada will notify travellers should it become mandatory to obtain COVID-19 molecular tests from specific accredited laboratories or facilities.
If you are now symptom-free, you can provide proof of a positive COVID-19 molecular test when crossing the border, instead of a negative one.
What If My Test Was For Surveillance Testing
If your test was done as part of industry surveillance testing you do not need to isolate after testing, unless:
- you have symptoms, or
- the Department of Health has told you to – for instance, if you are a close contact or have been to an exposure site.
If you test positive for coronavirus as part of surveillance testing:
- you must immediately go home and isolate. Do not make any stops on the way home.
for more information or visit What to do if you have coronavirus.
Changes To Albertas Testing Program
Alberta will begin safely bringing COVID-19 measures in line with those used for other respiratory illnesses.
- As of July 29, asymptomatic testing is no longer recommended, including for close contacts of COVID-19 cases. Testing continues to be available for Albertans with symptoms at assessment centres.
- Starting September 27, testing will be available for Albertans with symptoms through primary and acute care settings when it is needed to help direct patient care decisions.
Getting Your Test Result
On average, most results are ready 48 hours after your test. This is not guaranteed and could take longer.
Depending on the testing location, you may be able to get your result:
- online on the Test Results Website if you have a photo health card
- on another website that the testing location will tell you about
The testing location will give you instructions that are specific to your situation.
Bhekisisa: How Long Should You Wait To Get Vaccinated If You Have Long Covid
Salim Abdool Karim: There is no evidence to determine the appropriate answer to the question on long COVID. In the absence of evidence to guide vaccination in people with long COVID, I think it is probably best to stick with the current general health department guidance of 35 days after the positive COVID test, until studies provide data to guide an evidence-based guideline for individuals with long COVID.
You Can Have A Support Person
You can ask someone to help you get to your test and be with you during your test.
If you are very unwell and advised by your doctor or Healthline that you need to be assessed or tested at a hospital, you can ask someone to help you get there. If you need someone with you at the hospital, you or your support person should call ahead and discuss this with the doctor or nurse at the hospital.
For How Long After I Am Infected Will I Continue To Be Contagious At What Point In My Illness Will I Be Most Contagious
People are thought to be most contagious early in the course of their illness, when they are beginning to experience symptoms, especially if they are coughing and sneezing. But people with no symptoms can also spread the coronavirus to other people. In fact, people who are infected may be more likely to spread the illness if they are asymptomatic, or in the days before they develop symptoms, because they are less likely to be isolating or adopting behaviors designed to prevent spread.
A full, 14-day quarantine remains the best way to avoid spreading the virus to others after you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19. However, according to CDC guidelines, you may discontinue quarantine after a minimum of 10 days if you do not have any symptoms, or after a minimum of seven days if you have a negative COVID test within 48 hours of when you plan to end quarantine.
If you are fully vaccinated and have been around someone with or suspected of having COVID-19 you do not need to quarantine. However, as of July 2021, the CDC recommends that you be tested thre to five days after exposure, and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until you receive a negative test result.
Testing For International Travellers And Health Care Workers
Testing for international travellers
You can no longer get a free test for international travel. Private COVID-19 tests are available throughout Ontario. International travellers are recommended to consult their travel carrier’s guidelines to ensure they have the most up-to-date information and should refer to the Government of Canada’s travel website for requirements related to their destination.
At Toronto Pearson International Airport, a mandatory COVID-19 test is required upon arrival for all international travellers, even if they are fully vaccinated. Learn more about the mandatory testing program and what travellers need to do.
Testing for health care workers
All health care workers who have symptoms or are tested for COVID-19 should self-isolate and contact their occupational health department for further instructions. If you’re a health care worker or work in a health care facility, refer to health care workers for information on testing and self-isolation.
When Will I Develop Symptoms
Confusing but true: At first, symptoms of an infection are caused by your immune system, not by the virus itself. If a viral infection is a battle, when you start developing symptoms, that means the immune system is losing a little bit of ground, Messaoudi says. The period between infection and symptom onset is known as an incubation perioddifferent from a latent period.
When you have a fever and aches, the actual feeling crappy is from the cytokines and immune molecules, she adds. Your body opens up its blood vessels to let those molecules through. Your bone marrow cranks out white blood cells, which takes a huge amount of energy, causing fever and fatigue. Youre also expending a lot of energy to make your blood vessels more permeable so those immune cells can get in, she adds. Your muscles and bones are just innocent bystanders in this effort.
At a certain point, though, symptoms start coming both from the physiological stress of the battle your immune system is waging and from damage wrought by the virus itself. Your respiratory cells can start to fall apart, letting liquid and more virus into your lungs and starting a dangerous cycle of destruction. If you get exposed and the virus replicates faster than the immune system can respond, Messaoudi says, then the virus is advancing and your immune system is workingits a double whammy.
The Best Test To Get Is A Lab Test
The gold-standard coronavirus test is a nose and throat swab test that has to be taken to a lab to yield results. This is called an RT-PCR test and it is hunting for the presence of some of the coronavirus’ tell-tale genes.
This test, as long as it is administered properly, is “likely” to find the virus in your body, Lee said, “if it’s there.”
To administer this test, a clinician typically swabs deep inside a person’s nose and throat to extract sputum the gunk that gets ejected through coughing, sneezing, spitting, and even talking. Results are usually returned within a matter of days.
Complete Your Test Kit
Your kit contains all of the instructions.
Do not open your swab or tube until you are instructed to do so. This can cause contamination, or result in a delay in receiving your test result.
Your test kit service provider is based on where you entered the country. For additional instructions, or contact information for your service provider, select the province you entered Canada or select if you are driving between Alaska and the continental United States:
If youre driving between Alaska and the continental United States and you come through a border crossing without a testing station, you must:
- complete the arrival test within 24 hours of your arrival in Canada
- drop it off at an approved drop box location along your travel route
Follow the instructions provided to find a drop-off location along your route.
LifeLabs manages COVID-19 testing for arriving travellers.
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What Might Help Clear The Brain Fog
To help clear the brain fog, I recommend pursuing all of the activities that we know help everyones thinking and memory.
- Perform aerobic exercise. You may need to start slow, perhaps just two to three minutes a few times a day. While there is no established dose of exercise , its generally recommended you work toward 30 minutes a day, five days a week.
- Eat Mediterranean-style meals. A including olive oil, fruits and vegetables, nuts and beans, and whole grains has been proven to improve thinking, memory. and brain health.
Risk Of False Results
While the current PCR diagnostic nasal swab can pick up very small amounts of the virus, Oughton said the risk of receiving a false negative result during that incubation period is much higher.
“If you were to be tested on the same day of exposure, quite bluntly, there is probably far too little virus in you, if you really were exposed, to be detectable by the usual test. So being tested on the same day of exposure or even one or two days afterwards comes with it a high rate of false negatives,” he said.
Oughton explained that a person could test negative and develop symptoms days later, potentially leading to an infected person spreading the virus.
However, he acknowledged that the same is not true for false positives.
“The rate of false positives with this particular test is quite low. In other words, if the test comes back saying positive, then believe it, it’s a real positive,” Oughton said.
While a false result can occur at any point in the incubation period, Oughton says it is “worth waiting for testing for at least a few days after the exposure event” or until symptoms develop. He said people should self-isolate while they wait.
“No matter how many days you wait, there is always going to be an appreciable rate of false negatives, which is what forms the basis for the recommendations of isolating, even if you do get a negative test,” Oughton said.
It gets tricky, Oughton said, when schools require a negative test result for children to return to the classroom.