Those who are infected with COVID-19 may have little to no symptoms. You may not know you have symptoms of COVID-19 because they are similar to a cold or flu. Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19. This is the longest known infectious period for this disease. Symptoms include:
- difficulty breathing
- pneumonia in both lungs requiring support for breathing
This brochure offers information about COVID-19 including what it is, symptoms, how it is spread, what to do if you have it and prevention.
Need to talk to someone if you have COVID-19 symptoms, or have recently travelled to or from an affected area? Do you have questions about travel to Nunavut or the isolation sites? Please call 975-8601 or 1-888-975-8601 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to speak with someone. For travel related inquiries please call between 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday. Please remember this line is for those who need it – and should not be used for general inquiries.
If you have questions or need help in an emergency, call your local health centre. To find a health centre nearest you: https://www.gov.nu.ca/health/information/health-centres
Public Health Updates
If you want to find out the latest updates from the Chief Public Health Officer of Nunavut, visit the GN website.
Social Distancing – What is it?
Social distancing is a strategy to limit the spread of COVID-19. This is a conscious effort to reduce physical contact between people to slow down the spread of the virus. Even if you are symptom free and not part of an at-risk group, you still need to change your lifestyle starting today. This includes avoiding handshakes, hugging and kissing; as well as staying 2 metres apart in social situations. If you would like a poster with the key points:
Helpful Resources and Information
The GN offers many resources updated often to help you stay healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tips and info are offered as well as helpful posters that can be printed out for easy reminders. Resources and topics include:
- About Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Social Distancing
- Hand Washing
- Isolation and Return to Nunavut Protocol
- Vulnerable Populations
- Managing Anxiety and Stress During COVID-19
- Cleaning to Reduce the Risk of COVID-19
- COVID-19 Isolation
- Masks are not Enough
- Instructions for Making a Mask
- How to Use a Mask
- Common Travel Area: NWT and Churchill
- Breastfeeding and COVID-19
Resources in Inuktitut and English
Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) has developed many resources in Inuktitut to help individuals and families to better under COVID-19 and its impacts. There are many blog posts, posters, videos, and educational tools. https://www.qia.ca/covid-19-news-updates/
Government of Canada COVID-19
The Government of Canada provides regular updates about COVID-19 as it affects Canada. This includes outbreak updates, new announcements, legislation, health info, travel and immigration support, financial support and more.