Our current guidelines due to limited resources and swabs are to only swab patients who are deemed “high-risk”. This means: If you are young, healthy, have a cough or flu-like illness but are OTHERWISE WELL – please STAY AT HOME.
Coming in only exposes other patients and healthcare providers to the virus and does not change how you are treated. You will likely NOT BE SWABBED and sent home to self-isolate.
We recommend that ANYONE with symptoms assume that they may have COVID-19 and go into self-isolation.
At this time, you should seek medical attention ONLY IF you are displaying other symptoms – short of breath, drowsy, unable to tolerate medications/liquids, chest pain and are experiencing symptoms that you are concerned about being different than your typical “flu”.”
– SAHAND ENSAFI, CCPA, TORONTO EMERGENCY MEDICINE PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT
Learn more at https://www.uhn.ca/Covid19