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Nova Scotia's top doctor urges residents with mild cold-like symptoms to book COVID-19 test

Dr. Robert Strang says anyone with these kinds of symptoms need to stay home and book a test
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Dr. Robert Strang and a COVID-19 briefing on Friday, Feb. 26

Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health says people should get tested for COVID-19 even if they have one mild cold-like symptom.

This comes as the province has seen another uptick in COVID-19 cases, prompting increased restrictions in HRM up to and including Porters Lake, as well as the communities of Enfield, Elmsdale, Mount Uniacke and Hubbards.

Speaking at Friday's COVID-19 briefing, Dr. Robert Strang said anyone with mild cold-like symptoms could have the virus.

"We've had zero lab confirmed cases of influenza," said Strang. "We have very low numbers of other cold viruses around so if somebody has even very mild cold-like symptoms, there's a strong possibility you may have COVID-19."

Strang says anyone with these kinds of symptoms should stay home, book a test and make sure they don't have the virus before going back to work or resuming any other activities.

He adds workplaces need to continue following COVID-19 protocols, including symptom screening, wearing masks, and practicing physical distancing.

 

 




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Chris is a reporter for HalifaxToday.ca and NEWS 95.7. In 2018, he won the RTDNA Dave Rogers Award for best short feature.
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