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My own COVID-19 story

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As you may know, I travel a lot. I returned from India on Sunday. It is not a hotspot for the virus; in fact it had fewer cases than Canada when I left. However, out of an abundance of caution, and given the number of people I see per day (remember - no handshakes!) I thought it would be wise to call 8-1-1.

I called in the middle of the night, and waited about 30 minutes. If you call in the day you might be waiting for a while, some stories say as many as three hours. But just hold – it’s worth it.

I spoke with the very kind nurse who asked me a list of questions about my travels and any symptoms that I may have been showing. (They are really concerned about lower respiratory tract systems such as a cough and a fever as well as your contacts with people who have been in hotspot areas)

After going through the list, the nurse determined I was at low risk, and didn’t need to take any further action. If I’d had other symptoms or travelled from a more risky region, she likely would have asked me to go for a screening test. These tests are done at specialized centres, and take about five minutes.

They ask, once you’re done the test, that you self-isolate until the results are available, which is generally in 36 hours. If the test comes back negative, no further restriction are needed. If it comes back positive, obviously, a treatment plan will be created for you.

I’m glad I called 811 and I’m even happier that I’m healthy. I intend to stay so, and I hope all of you do too.

Please see this post (…/a.40282661641…/3237456136282986/…) for more information about what The City is doing and what you can do.


Clean hands, clear heads, open hearts.

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