If you’ve been worrying that you may have symptoms of novel coronavirus, this website could have all of the answers. In response to the global pandemic, the Government of Canada has created a COVID-19 self-assessment test. The tool aims to help Canadians find out if they could potentially have the virus, by asking a series of questions and sharing helpful advice.
Canadians who are worried they have symptoms of novel coronavirus can now get some official advice from the government without having to leave the house or make lengthy phone calls.
On Saturday, the federal government launched a brand new self-assessment tool online, which will give people COVID-19 advice based on their answers to a number of questions.
Users will be asked about their location, symptoms, recent travel history, recent contact with others, and more, and will then be advised to either visit an emergency room, self-isolate at home, call telehealth, or do nothing.
Additionally, the site provides helpful links to both local and provincial resources, and will help guide concerned Canadians through what to do next.
According to Health Minister Patty Hajdu, the tool is already making a significant impact. In fact, it was used more than 280,000 times in its first 12 hours online.
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Sharing the government's new tool on Sunday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau explained, "If you think you might have COVID-19 but aren’t sure what to do, use the Government of Canada’s self-assessment tool."
He went on, "It’ll help determine if you should be tested for the virus and give you the contact information you may need."
This comes as cases of COVID-19 continue to be diagnosed across Canada. Ontario in particular has had a surge in recent cases, with record-breaking numbers of people being confirmed to have the virus over the weekend.
The new tool aims to take pressure off other health services during this time, including Ottawa Public Health.
Just last week, the agency urged locals to stop calling their novel coronavirus phone lines, as they were receiving up to 800 calls every single day.
At a press briefing this week, Hadju also confirmed that they were planning to make more mental health resources available in the coming weeks.
This comes as COVID-19 anxiety continues to be discussed by Canadian health agencies.
You can find more information and access the brand-new tool by clicking here.
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