If you are over the age of 18 and have any of the following core symptoms, not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition, you are legally required to isolate. Stay home and away from other people until your symptoms get better.
You are legally required to isolate for 10 days, or for 5 days if you are fully immunized. Complete the COVID-19 Assessment & Testing tool to find out if you should be tested for COVID-19 and for more information.
If you test negative and still have symptoms, continue to stay at home and away from other people until your symptoms get better.
Most people recover from COVID-19 without special treatment and can manage mild symptoms at home. Go to COVID-19 Self-Care Guide for more information.
If since the start of your symptoms, you are experiencing any of the following:
Call your family doctor for care. If you don’t have a family doctor, visit Alberta Find a Doctor or call Health Link at 811.
Symptoms that require mandatory isolation for children are different than those for adults.
Children, for the purposes of these legal requirements, include:
If the child has any of the following symptoms, not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition:
They are legally required to isolate for 10 days, or for 5 days if they are fully immunized.
For children under two years of age, use the COVID-19 Assessment & Testing tool to book a COVID-19 test with AHS.
For children two years of age and older, use an at-home rapid test if one is available. If you don’t have access to one, ensure the child stays home and away from other people until their symptoms get better. If they test negative and still have symptoms, ensure they continue isolating until their symptoms get better.
If you have any of the other symptoms of COVID-19 in the list below, it is strongly advised that you stay home and minimize contact with others until your symptoms get better.
Complete the COVID-19 Assessment & Testing to find out if you should be tested for COVID-19 and for more information.
If the child has ONE of:
The child should stay home and monitor for 24 hours.
If the child has any TWO of:
The child should stay home. Testing is recommended but not required.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause respiratory illness in humans, ranging from mild common colds to severe illnesses. Others cause illness in animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people, and more rarely, these can then spread from person to person through close contact. Novel coronaviruses are new strains of the virus that have not been previously identified in humans.
COVID-19 is the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, a new virus that was first recognized in December 2019.
The time that a person can spread COVID-19 to others is called the infectious period. COVID-19 is passed from person–to-person through tiny droplets of liquid, spread by coughing, sneezing, talking, laughing and singing. This means that a person would need to have contact with droplets from an infected person or contaminated surfaces, in order to be exposed to COVID-19.
Smaller droplets, or aerosols, can spread through the air over distances longer than 2 metres and longer periods of time. The risks of aerosol spread is greater in indoor settings that may be poorly ventilated, crowded, where gatherings are taking place for prolonged periods or where heavy breathing or exertion is occurring.
Animals can be infected with COVID-19 after close contact with people. It is recommended that people who have COVID-19 also stay away from pets. Try to have someone else care for your pets if you have COVID-19. If you must care for your pets, avoid close contact with them and wash your hands well before and after interacting with your animals, their supplies, and food.
In some ways, COVID-19 is similar to influenza (also known as the flu):
However, there are some key differences between COVID-19 and the flu: