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Self-Isolation


Showing symptoms or waiting for COVID-19 test Results?

It's CRITICAL to SELF-ISOLATE when showing symptoms or when waiting for test results to keep COVID-19 from spreading.


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Critical

Self-Isolation Requirement for regions that are in Red/Critical in the Pandemic Response System

It's CRITICAL to SELF-ISOLATE when showing symptoms or when waiting for test results to keep COVID-19 from spreading.

Once someone has been tested, public health officials are advising that the entire household needs to self-isolate while waiting for COVID-19 test results.

Exemptions are in place for asymptomatic household members if they are an essential worker required to wear PPE while at work such as health-care workers or first responders.



Why 14 Days of Self-Isolation (quarantine) is important

It can take up to 14 days to develop symptoms after being exposed to COVID-19.

Going for testing before symptoms develops is not recommended by public health, as it may not guarantee the exposed individual does not have COVID-19.

How it works:


Day 1 - image of a person being exposed to someone who has COVID-19

Day 1 - Hailey is advised that she was a close contact to someone with COVID-19 and is instructed to self-isolate for 14 days and to get tested if symptoms develop.


Day 1 - image of a person being exposed to someone who has COVID-19

Day 2 - Hailey goes to get tested while she is showing no symptoms.

Day 5 - Hailey receives a negative test result.


Day 1 - image of a person being exposed to someone who has COVID-19

Day 7 - Thinking she didn’t have COVID-19 and that she wasn’t contagious, Hailey attends a gathering and is in close contact with 13 people.


Day 1 - image of a person being exposed to someone who has COVID-19

Day 9 - Hailey develops symptoms of COVID-19 and gets tested again.


Day 1 - image of a person being exposed to someone who has COVID-19

Day 11 - Hailey tests positive for COVID-19.


Hailey was contagious for 48 hours before her symptoms started, and she exposed 13 people to COVID-19.  Through contact tracing these people have been identified as her close contacts and are now required to self-isolate (quarantine) for 14 days.

COVID-19 spreads easily if given the chance, this is why it is important to self-isolate (quarantine) for the full for 14 days. Only get tested if you develop symptoms or are advised by a public health official to go for testing.



How-to Self-Isolate

Stay away from others if you have cold or flu-like symptoms, even if you have not been exposed to COVID-19.

Follow these important steps to properly self-isolate and help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others in your home and your community:

  • Avoid contact with other people.
  • Stay at home.
    • In a room or on a separate floor away from household members.
    • Stay away from common areas in the home.
    • Use a separate bathroom, if possible. If it is not possible, clean the shared bathroom frequently.
    • Wear a medical mask and stay two metres (six feet) away from others if you must leave your room or floor for necessary reasons, including using the bathroom.
    • Avoid contact with pets in your home.
  • Clean your hands regularly.
    • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 15 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer:
      • Before and after preparing food (avoid preparing food for others)
      • Before and after eating
      • After using the toilet
      • After touching shared household items (e.g., dishes, towels, etc.)
      • Before and after touching/using a face mask
    • After disposing of waste (e.g. a tissue) or handling contaminated laundry
    • Whenever hands look dirty.
  • Cover your cough and sneeze.
    • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue.
    • Throw used tissues in the garbage and immediately wash your hands, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid sharing household and personal items.
    • Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, serving/eating utensils, towels, bedding or other items.
    • Do not share cigarettes or other items that are put in the mouth.
  • Keep your environment clean.
    • Clean and disinfect high touch areas (toilets, taps, light switches, doorknobs, TVs, phones, electronics and TV remotes) at least twice daily, or as needed.
    • Use store bought disinfectant. If disinfectant is not available, use a diluted bleach solution (20 ml [four teaspoons] bleach for every litre of water) and allow the surface to remain wet for one minute before scrubbing.
    • Clean and disinfect shared bathrooms or common areas frequently.
    • Use hot water when operating the dishwasher or washing machine.
  • Make sure your home has good airflow.
    • Open the window, as weather allows.
  • Confine activities to your home and outdoor property.
  • Do not leave home to go to work, school or other public places.
  • Do not attend faith-based services.
  • Arrange to have groceries and supplies dropped off at your door. Do not go to curbside pickup from stores and restaurants.
  • Do not have any visitors to your home. 
  • Cancel or notify service providers who regularly come into your home that a household member is sick.
  • Consult with home care workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, social workers, and other service providers that come to your home about the best action for care.

Leave your home if you need emergency or urgent medical care.



When Self-Isolation Ends

Self-isolation is for 14 days, total. This means your self-isolation period ends on the 15th day after you may have been exposed to COVID-19 or returned for Manitoba. For example, if your Day One was March 28, your self-isolation ends on April 11. If you have no symptoms, this means you can stop self-isolating on April 12.

However, you should continue to focus on the fundamentals, including physical distancing, wearing masks and washing your hands.


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