COVID-19: Information on self-isolation and self-monitoring.
Updated November 17, 2022
Starting November 17, 2022, people who have COVID-19 are no longer required to self-isolate. However, it is still important for people with symptoms to stay home as much as possible to reduce any potential spread of illness until your symptoms have improved, and you are able to participate in your usual activities.
Note: People who work in settings with people at higher risk should consult their workplace-specific policies for guidance.
If you have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, visit our COVID-19 close contacts page to learn what to do next.
What is self monitoring?
How to monitor your health
To monitor your health, you should:
- Use the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool.
- Watch closely for symptoms of COVID-19, even mild ones.
- Record your temperature if you feel chills or feverish.
- If you get symptoms, stay home and away from others until your fever is gone without the use of medicines that reduce fever, like Tylenol.
- If you develop symptoms and have risk factors for severe illness — use the BC self-assessment tool to determine if you need to get tested.
- You can still go about your daily activities, such as going to school or work, as long as you don’t have any symptoms of COVID-19.
When to seek medical care
- If you have worsening symptoms, call 8-1-1, your family doctor, an Urgent and Primary Care Centre or the Fraser Health Virtual Care team at 1-800-314-0999 between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. seven days a week.
- If you develop symptoms that are not associated with COVID-19, it is important that you still follow-up with medical care.
- Call 9-1-1 if at any time you are feeling very unwell and are worried this might be an emergency (e.g. severe difficulty breathing or chest pain).
If you feel sick with symptoms of COVID-19, even if mild
- Stay home and away from others until your fever is gone (without the use of medicines that reduce fever, like Tylenol) and you feel well enough to participate in daily activities.
- Avoid close contact with others, especially people at higher risk of severe illness or complications from COVID-19.
- If you cannot avoid close contact with others, take other prevention measures such as wearing a mask in indoor spaces and cleaning your hands regularly.
If a staff, child or other person in childcare is sick
Travelers to British Columbia and to Canada
Travelers to Canada are required to follow current Government of Canada testing and quarantine guidelines.
How do I self-isolate?
Stay home the whole time you self-isolate.
- Do not go to work, school, or public areas including grocery stores, shopping malls, restaurants, gyms or places of worship while you are self-isolating.
- Avoid all contact with people who are at more risk of developing a severe case of COVID-19.
- Walk or drive yourself to medical appointments or COVID-19 testing sites. If someone else must drive you, for example if you take taxi or rideshare, wear a mask, sit in the back seat farthest away from the driver and keep windows rolled down. If you must take public transit, wear a mask and keep at least 2 meters between yourself and others.
Do not have non-essential visitors to your home.
- Try to arrange for food and essential items to be delivered and dropped off at your door by friends or family, or use a delivery service.
- Let any home health care providers know that you are self-isolating so that they can take extra precautions to keep themselves healthy.
Avoid face-to-face contact with others, including those who live in your home.
- Stay, sleep and eat in a separate room away from other people in your home.
- Use a separate bathroom if you have one. If you must share a bathroom, ensure it is thoroughly disinfected before someone else uses it and keep the bathroom well ventilated.
- If possible, have other people who live in your home stay somewhere else, especially if they have a chronic health condition or are older.
- Try not share items such as dishes, remote controls or electronic items with others in your home. If you must share, these items need to be disinfected before someone else uses them.
- High touch, shared surfaces such as door handles, faucets and light switches should be disinfected regularly.
If you must be in the same room as someone else, wear a mask and keep a two meter distance between yourself and others
- Avoid being in the same room as someone who is not infected with COVID-19.
- Other people should also wear a mask and stay 2 metres away when they are in the same room as you.
- Make sure that shared rooms have good airflow (for example, open windows for the entire time you are in a shared space).
Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hand.
- Throw used tissues in a lined wastebasket, and wash your hands. Lining the wastebasket with a plastic bag makes waste disposal easier and safer. Wash your hands after emptying the wastebasket.
Practice frequent hand hygiene
- Wash your hands often with soap and water.
- Dry your hands with a paper towel, or with your own towel that no one else shares.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
Stay connected over the phone or virtually
- While you are self-isolating, keep connected with friends or family virtually or over the phone
- Visit our mental well-being page to learn more about available mental well-being support services.
- If you have non-health related questions about support services, call Service BC at 1-888-268-4319 (available 7:30am-8pm, 7 days a week)