What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

    • The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other respiratory illnesses, including the flu and the common cold. These symptoms include cough, fever, and difficulty breathing. Additional symptoms may include muscle aches, fatigue, headache, sore throat and runny nose.
    • People infected with COVID-19 may experience little or no symptoms, with illness ranging from mild to severe.
    • Some people are more vulnerable to developing severe illness or complications from COVID-19, including older people (70 or over) and those with chronic health conditions.

    How is COVID-19 spread?

    • COVID-19 is transmitted via liquid droplets when a person talks, coughs or sneezes. The virus can enter through these droplets via the eyes, nose or throat if you are in close contact.
    • The virus is not known to be airborne (e.g. transmitted through the particles floating in the air) and it is not something that comes in through the skin.
    • It can be spread by touch if a person has used their hands to cover their mouth or nose when they cough. That's why it is recommended to cough or sneeze into your elbow and wash your hands regularly.

    How can employers and employees break the chain of transmission of COVID-19?

    • Implement the guidance and orders of Public Health Ontario.
    • Practice good hygiene and cleaning including frequent handwashing as outlined below.
    • Practice Physical Distancing: at least 2 meters (m) distance between people should be maintained where possible, at all times.