Call 911 if you are seriously ill and need medical help right away. Tell them that you may have COVID-19.
Use the COVID-19 Assessment & Testing Tool to help you decide if you should talk to someone about your symptoms and whether you need to be tested for COVID-19.
Please do not attend the Emergency Department or Urgent Care for PCR testing.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you can assume you have COVID-19 and likely the Omicron variant. You do not need to be tested to confirm, but you can use an at-home rapid test if you have access to one.
Managing COVID-19 Symptoms at Home
Important: If you are sick, isolate. If your symptoms get worse call Health Link at 811. If you need medical help right away call 911.
Most people recover from COVID-19 without special treatment and can manage mild symptoms at home.
Things To Help You Feel Better
- Get extra rest
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Try over the counter medications (such as Tylenol) to help with body aches, headache or to lower fever, if it’s safe for you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you’re not sure.
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What To Do If You Have Symptoms
- See more tips on managing symptoms
- If you have access, use an at-home rapid test.
- If you don’t get tested, stay home and away from other people until your symptoms get better.
- If you test negative on a rapid test but you still have symptoms, stay home and away from other people until you feel better, even if you have multiple negative rapid tests.
Resources are available to help you manage mild symptoms at home and take care of someone who has COVID-19:
Getting Healthy After COVID-19
COVID-19 infection can result in long lasting symptoms. Your recovery and rehabilitation can be challenging, but there are resources to help:
Learn More About Omicron
- Omicron is the dominant variant strain of COVID in Alberta.
- The symptoms of the variant strains of COVID-19 are similar to the original strain.
- Early data suggests Omicron is more infectious than the other COVID-19 variants and may result in milder symptoms, however evidence is still emerging.
- There may be an increased risk of reinfection with this variant, so people who have been previously infected with COVID-19 could be re-infected more easily.