Information for Patients

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This is most certainly a difficult and challenging time for Ontarians. We know that in times like these, the public expects physicians to help provide support and clarity. As the regulatory college for physicians and surgeons in the province, we are continuing to work to protect the public and provide support and guidance to the profession as we navigate this period together.

During a global pandemic, each of us has a responsibility to take steps to limit the spread of a viral outbreak. As a result, physicians are implementing enhanced screening and safety measures to ensure that the virus isn’t shared with other patients and healthcare providers. That may mean relying on telephone, email or video consultations more than we have come to expect. The CPSO has also recommended that physicians postpone non-emergency procedures in order to prioritize the increase in urgent care needs.

If you or members of your family are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, it is important that you not visit your doctor’s office, as you may unintentionally spread the virus. Please phone your doctor and describe your symptoms and any relevant travel history so that they can determine the safest way to manage your care.

Symptoms range from mild – like the flu and other common respiratory infections – to severe, and can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. If you need immediate medical attention you should call 911 and mention your travel history and symptoms.

Key Updates and Resources

Ministry of Health COVID-19 Information

The Ministry of Health is providing regular updates on the status of cases in Ontario and updating advice and guidance to the public. It includes helpful information on steps you can take to protect yourself and help prevent the spread of the virus.

Public Health Ontario has a resource page for the public, with information on how to self-isolate and self-monitor.

Government of Canada

The federal government is providing daily updates on the status of COVID-19 in Canada, with information on the situation across the country, as well as providing updates on the federal government’s response.

World Health Organization

The World Health Organization is providing daily updates on the global status of the COVID-19 pandemic. Their daily situation reports include information on the global spread, as well as updates from the WHO’s Operations Supply and Logistics team on the availability of critical resources.


Toronto's CAMH has assembled information to help people with concerns and questions about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their lives and mental well-being.