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What to do if You Think You Have Been Exposed to COVID-19

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On This Page

  • How coronavirus spreads
  • Preventing coronavirus
  • Returning from travel
  • Stay home if you are ill
  • Physical distancing 

St. Lawrence College (SLC) continues to closely monitor the outbreak of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus.

The college is in regular communication with local public health officials. Please check this page for update


Kingston: KFL&A Public Health
Brockville: Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit
Cornwall: Eastern Ontario Health Unit
Current information on the status of the COVID-19 virus can be found on the Government of Canada’s website and the Government of Ontario website.

How Coronavirus Spreads

COVID-19 is spread mainly from person to person through close contact, for example, in a household, workplace or health care centre.

Coronaviruses are most commonly spread from an infected person through:

  • respiratory droplets when you cough or sneeze
  • close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • touching something with the virus on it, then touching your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands

These viruses are not known to spread through ventilation systems or through water.

Symptoms of COVID-19

Symptoms of COVID-19 can vary from person to person. Symptoms may also vary in different age groups. Some of the more commonly reported symptoms include:

  • new or worsening cough
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • temperature equal to or over 38°C
  • feeling feverish
  • chills
  • fatigue or weakness
  • muscle or body aches
  • new loss of smell or taste
  • headache
  • gastrointestinal symptoms (abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting)
  • feeling very unwell

Children have been more commonly reported to have abdominal symptoms, and skin changes or rashes.

Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19.

Recent evidence indicates that the virus can be transmitted to others from someone who is infected but not showing symptoms. This includes people who:

  • have not yet developed symptoms (pre-symptomatic)
  • never develop symptoms (asymptomatic)

While experts know that these kinds of transmissions are happening among those in close contact or in close physical settings, it is not known to what extent. This means it is extremely important to follow the proven preventative measures.

Take the self-assessment if you’re worried you were exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms. 

Preventing Coronavirus

You can take actions to help stop the spread of COVID-19, from the Government of Ontario website:

Information in other languages | Updates and resources from Public Health Ontario

 

What else can I do? 

  • Wear a mask
  • Wash hands with soap and water or by using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer for at least 20 seconds
  • Don’t touch your face
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow/arm or use a tissue (and promptly throw the tissue into a lined garbage container)
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces often
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Work remotely where possible
  • Consider virtual meetings whenever possible
  • Limit the number of people in a space
  • Follow signage regarding maximum occupancy and directions
  • Follow directional signage and physical distancing markers
  • Follow updated processes and procedures, including the use of PPE

 

Returning From Travel

  • To slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19 in the country, the Government of Canada has put in place an emergency order under the Quarantine Act that applies to all travellers arriving in Canada.
  • Under this order, if you have recently returned to Canada you must self-isolate (quarantine) and stay home whether you have symptoms or not. Even if you do not have symptoms right away, you are at risk of developing them and infecting others.
  • If you need it, you will get immediate medical attention when you arrive in Canada.
  • Learn about travel advisories related to the 2019 novel coronavirus.

Stay Home if You Are Ill

If you begin to feel symptoms of COVID-19, you should stay home and self-isolate immediately and take a self-assessment to help determine how to seek further care.
Only call 911 if it is an emergency.

Physical Distancing

According to Public Health Ontario, physical distancing, when combined with proper hand hygiene and cough etiquette, has been shown to limit the spread of COVID-19.

What is physical distancing?

  • Physical distancing means keeping our distance from one another and limiting activities outside the home.
  • When outside your home, it means staying at least 2 metres (or 6 feet) away from other people whenever possible.