COVID-19 is believed to be spread mainly by coughing, sneezing or direct contact with someone who is sick with COVID-19 or with surfaces they have recently touched.
Most people – about 80% – recover without needing special treatment. However, it can cause serious illness in some, and there is a risk of death in severe cases.
While we are still learning about COVID-19, serious illness appears to develop more often in people who are older or have pre-existing conditions, such as:
Symptoms for COVID-19 are similar to those for influenza or other respiratory illnesses. The most common symptoms include:
To help reduce call volumes to 811, Alberta Health Services has launched an online assessment tool to help people determine whether they should be tested for COVID-19.
If you think you have COVID-19 or completed the Online Assessment tool consult Health Link by dialing 811
Please do not visit a hospital, physician’s office, lab or healthcare facility without consulting Health Link at 811
If you need immediate medical attention, call 911 and advise them that you may have COVID-19.