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After COVID-19

Returning to work or school

After COVID-19, it’s important to slowly return to your regular activities. Everyone returns to work, school, or other regular activities at a different rate or pace.

When is the right time to go back?

Some people feel well enough to go back to work or school as soon as they’re done isolating. Other people may have symptoms like feeling very tired, shortness of breath, and trouble with memory for many months. These symptoms can make it h​arder to go back to doing regular activities. (See the sections on symptoms and brain health to learn more.) If you’re still having symptoms, it might be too early to go back to your activities. Talk to your healthcare provider about what’s best for you.

How can I make going back to work or school easier?

Don’t try to do everything you used to do until you feel ready. As you recover, it may be best to go back to your regular work or school routine gradually. This could mean:

  • talking to your employer about a gradual return to work, changing your work hours, or working from home
  • taking on a role that is easier for you to manage as you recover
  • making sure to take lots of breaks
  • making a plan with your principal or teachers for how to learn at your own pace
  • getting support for childcare

The following links have more information, as well as tips and advice, for returning to work and school after COVID-19.

  • Work and school (Note that the information on this page can also apply to people returning to work and school after an illness, as well as a brain injury.)
  • Returning to school and sports (Note that the information on this page can also apply to children returning to school and sports after an illness, as well as a head injury.)
  • Back to work? (Note that these tips are also useful after an illness, as well as after a back injury.)
  • The fundamentals: Return-to-work plan (This Government of Canada resource gives advice for making a plan to go back to work as you recover.)

What if I face bullying or stigma after COVID-19?

Some people might experience bullying or feel stigma going back to work or school after COVID-19. This is when others treat you badly or blame you for getting sick. If this happens to you, get help. You did nothing wrong, and your workplace or school needs to support you in your recovery.

Learn more about stigma and COVID-19.​​​

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