They say time's the greatest healer, but it's also the greatest teacher. Toronto's Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, shared new information on COVID-19 symptoms on Friday, May 15. If you feel any of them, you're able to go get tested in the city.
When it comes to telltale signs of the virus, we already knew it included fevers, difficulty breathing, and coughing.
But as medical staff in the city have largely dealt with more and more cases, and as the weeks have passed, more symptoms have become apparent, says Dr. De Villa.
“While the initial focus for diagnosis of COVID-19 was on symptoms like fever, cough and difficulty breathing, we now know that COVID-19 can present with headache, sore throat, runny nose that doesn’t fit with your typical seasonal allergies, loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or abdominal pain," she told reporters on Friday afternoon.
Dr. De Villa encourages people who are experiencing one or more of these symptoms to get tested as soon as they can.
The Ontario government also updated the list of symptoms on its self-assessment website on May 14.
If you happen to have any of these symptoms and might be questioning your health, you're able to get fully tested for the virus.
The city of Toronto lists a number of assessment centres you can go to in the city.
Provincial Health Minister Christine Elliot had announced one day prior, on Thursday, May 14, that anyone in the province displaying symptoms is now able to get the COVID-19 test.
Previously, only those considered at-risk by the old terms were likely to be tested.
Despite news of new symptoms appearing in patients, the city and the province are in the process of reopening businesses and outdoor activities.
The province announced the reopening of golf courses, marinas, zoos and other recreational activities while stressing that social distancing remains crucial.
Although Toronto's summer events have been officially cancelled until August, the city plans to reopen little by little to ensure everyone's safety.
As for the new symptoms, Dr. De Villa says you shouldn't stress yourself out too much.
She maintains that the most important focus remains on ensuring proper health practices like distancing, as well as getting some fresh air and keeping yourself occupied throughout the pandemic.