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New Covid 19 symptoms added to the Ministry of Health Ontario Self Assessment

Ministry of Health Ontario has updated the list of Covid 19 symptoms on their self assessment test and are different than the Government of Canada Public Health.

Common symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever (temperature of 37.8°C or greater)
  • New or worsening cough
  • Shortness of breath (dyspnea)

Other symptoms of COVID-19 can include: 

  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • New olfactory or taste disorder(s)
  • Nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain
  • Runny nose, or nasal congestion – in absence of underlying reason for these symptoms such as seasonal allergies, post nasal drip, etc.

Other signs of COVID-19 can include:

  • Clinical or radiological evidence of pneumonia

Atypical symptoms/signs of COVID-19 should be considered, particularly in children, older persons, and people living with a developmental disability. Atypical symptoms can include:

  • Unexplained fatigue/malaise
  • Delirium (acutely altered mental status and inattention)
  • Unexplained or increased number of falls
  • Acute functional decline
  • Exacerbation of chronic conditions
  • Chills
  • Headaches
  • Croup
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Multisystem inflammatory vasculitis in children

Atypical signs can include:

  • Unexplained tachycardia, including age specific tachycardia for children
  • Decrease in blood pressure
  • Unexplained hypoxia (even if mild i.e. O2 sat <90%)
  • Lethargy, difficulty feeding in infants (if no other diagnosis)

For Government of Ontario info on Covid 19 symptoms click link http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/coronavirus/docs/2019_reference_doc_symptoms.pdf

FOR GOVERNMENT OF ONTARIO COVID-19 SELF ASSESSMENT CLICK LINK https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/severe-symptoms

FOR GOVERNMENT OF CANADA COVID-19 SELF ASSESSMENT CLICK LINK https://ca.thrive.health/covid19/en

Additional resources for health professionals screening patients Ontario http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/coronavirus/docs/2019_patient_screening_guidance.pdf

 

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