Ontario government removes runny nose from symptom list on daily school COVID-19 screener

Ontario has removed a runny nose from its list of COVID-19 symptoms requiring a child to stay home from school or daycare.

The updated online COVID-19 screening tool lists five categories of symptoms “most commonly associated with COVID-19.”

Those are fever and chills, cough or barking cough, shortness of breath, losing taste or smell and nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

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Children reporting any of those symptoms are to stay home, isolate and seek COVID-19 testing.

A spokeswoman for the health minister confirmed a runny nose was removed from the daily screening but said anyone with symptoms of illness should stay home.

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Alexandra Hilkene says health units can give further advice on isolation requirements based things like the local COVID-19 situation and whether an individual was in contact with a

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