Respiratory infections are caused by organisms such as viruses or bacteria that affect the airway and lungs. The organisms can be spread by coughing, sneezing or face-to-face contact.
Symptoms of respiratory illness include cough, runny or stuffy nose and sore throat, which may be caused by one of the following:
If you are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness, use the assessment tool to help decide if you should talk to someone about your symptoms or need additional care, or if you are recommended to have COVID-19 testing. You can complete an assessment for yourself or another person, like a child/youth or someone else you are caring for.
If you already booked a COVID-19 test online and would like to reschedule or cancel go to the page below.
Use the assessment tool to determine if you need to book a COVID-19 test.
There are several different COVID-19 testing options available to Albertans, depending on the scenario and specific eligibility criteria.
Free molecular (PCR) testing at an AHS Assessment Centre is available for eligible individuals. A physician referral may be required before booking an appointment. Please use the respiratory illness assessment tool to find out if you are eligible for COVID-19 testing and if so, book a test online.
If you require COVID-19 testing outside of the public testing program (e.g. for travel), a variety of fee-for-service options are available through the private sector, including DynaLIFE Medical Labs, Numi Health, Equity Health Services and some pharmacies.
Resources are available to help you manage mild symptoms at home or take care of someone that is sick. Most respiratory illnesses do not require additional care.