Niagara Region Public Health says even if you think it’s just a cold, it could be COVID-19
Published November 2, 2021 at 12:33 pm
Call it an over-abundance of caution but Niagara Regional Public Health is telling residents that this fall and winter even if they think they’re just getting a mild cold, stay home from work and get tested.
“Did you know the symptoms of COVID-19 are often very mild? Not feeling (100 per cent)?” asked the health unit. “Remember it’s important to self-isolate at home and get tested if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, even if you’re fully vaccinated or previously tested positive for COVID-19.”
Niagara Region Public Health added, “Even if you think you only have a common cold or flu, it’s important to follow the guidance on this page for COVID-19. Since they are different viruses, it’s possible to be infected with more than one at the same time.” Even mild cases of COVID-19 can be infectious to those around you, just as the flu has always been.
Here’s their list of symptoms.
Self-isolate at home if you have any of the following symptoms that are new or getting worse, even if you’re fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or previously tested positive for COVID-19.
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath
- Decrease or loss of taste or smell
- Fatigue, lethargy, or malaise (general feeling of being unwell, lack of energy, extreme tiredness)
- Myalgias (muscle aches or pain)
- Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
- Sore throat (painful swallowing or difficulty swallowing)
- Runny nose
- Stuffy nose
- For young children: decreased or lack of appetite
- Abdominal pain
- Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
Once in self-isolation, either:
- Contact your health care provider for an assessment; or
- Contact the Niagara Health COVID-19 Assessment Centre to book an appointment for testing.
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