Self-Isolation

Information for Manitobans
 

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:


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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