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When should I self-isolate, due to COVID?

Reviewed by
Nov 4, 2021

Always check the BCCDC for up-to-date health information. Generally, if you have Covid-19 symptoms, you should self-isolate until you have spoken to a medical professional.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 Coronavirus including a cough, fever, or difficulty breathing, use the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool to help determine if you need further assessment or testing for COVID-19. If you have symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat or sneezing, avoid contact with others and self-isolate at home for at least 10 days. If you think you may have been exposed to the virus, or have symptoms of COVID-19, contact your doctor, local public health office, or call 8-1-1. The BCCDC also provides further instructions to follow if you suspect you are ill.

See the BCCDC’s guide to Self-Isolation for information on when and how to self-isolate.

If you have questions related to COVID-19 you can call:

  • BC Coronavirus Information Line: 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319) or via text message at 604-630-0300
  • The Public Health Agency of Canada’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Service: 1-833-784-4397
  • HealthLink BC for health-related questions: 8-1-1 toll-free in B.C., or for the deaf and hard of hearing, call 7-1-1 or contact us through Video Relay Services. Translation services are available in more than 130 languages.