What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness. Symptoms of COVID-19 may include:
- Muscle aches and tiredness
- Difficulty breathing
Less commonly: sore throat, headache, diarrhea, conjunctivitis (pink eye), increased falls and confusion in the elderly.
CLICK HERE for more information from Southwestern Public Health.
How can I protect myself?
Handwashing is your best defense against a range of illnesses, including COVID-19. Wash your hands often to help prevent exposure to, and transmission of, illness.
Other usual health precautions that can help you protect yourself against COVID-19 and other illnesses:
- Avoiding contact with people who are sick
- Staying home if you are sick
- Wear a mask if unable to avoid contact with those who are sick
- Practicing proper cough and sneeze etiquette by coughing/sneezing into a tissue, or into your sleeve or arm (and immediately washing your hands afterwards)
- Not touching your face (A virus's port of entry is your eyes, nose, mouth)
- Cleaning your hands before eating/drinking
- Cleaning frequently touched objects and surfaces, like bathroom sinks, kitchen counters, etc.
What steps are Alexandra Hospital/ Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital taking to keep patients, visitors and staff safe?
- AHI / TDMH coordinate with Public Health Ontario, the Ministry of Health and other agencies to help guide decision-making and receive updates on the virus.
- Visiting guidelines are in place. Click here for more information on current visiting guidelines.
If you are concerned about your symptoms, we encourage you to contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or your primary care provider/family doctor; this will help keep our emergency room resources available for emergent care patients. Please only call 9-1-1 if you are severely unwell.