Monday, April 5, 2021

What’s a Symptom? What’s a Variant?

Ontario has confirmed that we are in the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the number of positive cases is continuing to rise in Ottawa and across the province. As Ontario is currently under a state of emergency and stay-at-home order, it is important to be aware of the ways to stay safe from the virus, when you should be getting tested and how to protect your friends and family.

Ottawa Public Health lists the most common symptoms of COVID-19 as feeling feverish, a worsening cough and/or difficulty breathing. The full list of symptoms is much broader and is available on the Ottawa Public Health website. If you are showing one or more of these symptoms, it is important to self-isolate immediately and follow your local public health guidelines to arrange for testing.

If you have been on campus in the 14 days prior to showing symptoms, you must also follow Carleton’s Symptom Reporting Process.

Since the first documented case of COVID-19, multiple new strains and variants have been identified in Ottawa. A variant is identified when enough mutations have occurred to change a minor portion of a virus’s genetic code.

The increase in recent cases in Ottawa and across Ontario highlights the importance of remaining extremely vigilant and respecting the guidelines and protocols in place to help keep everyone safe. In particular, stay home as much as possible, wear a mask, stay two metres apart from others, isolate yourself if feeling unwell, and exercise frequent hand hygiene.

Despite the weather getting nicer, ensure you prioritize both your own and others’ health and safety by following the restrictions and guidelines identified in Ontario’s COVID-19 Response Framework.

One way to protect yourself, your immediate household and others in the Ottawa community is by downloading the COVID alert. This will help alert you to a potential exposure to COVID-19 before any symptoms appear.

Thank you for your continued efforts in taking the necessary precautions to minimize the transmission of COVID-19 and protecting the community by being COVIDWise.

Symptoms of COVID-19

  • Fever and/or chills
  • Cough or barking cough (croup)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Decrease or loss of smell or taste
  • Pink eye
  • Runny or stuffy/congested nose
  • Headache
  • Digestive issues like nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain
  • Muscle aches
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Falling down often

Visit Carleton’s COVID-19 website for a full description of possible symptoms.

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