What to do if you have COVID-19 (or think you do)
More than 95 per cent of people have mild symptoms and can manage them at home.
If you have been exposed to, or believe you have, COVID-19, please don’t panic. More than 95 per cent of people have mild symptoms and can manage them at home.
Please see below before you call 811, book an appointment with your doctor, or visit an Emergency Department.
Do you have symptoms?
Check the adult symptoms or child symptoms. You do not need to test unless there are symptoms present, including close contacts of positive cases.
If you have symptoms, and if your other health conditions make you “high risk,” and if you are eligible, please book a COVID-19 test. Otherwise, see if your employer provides rapid testing or obtain a home test: you can find testing resources here.
If you are sick, isolate right away.
If your symptoms started fewer than four days ago, and you are high risk, see if you qualify for Sotrovimab treatment
Have you tested positive for COVID-19?
If you have a positive result from a home test, rapid test, employer test or private test, you may want to document your result here. Patients in the North Zone can go here for self-reporting and support. You do not need to contact your family doctor with a positive result. You can let the clinic know when you book your next appointment.
If your symptoms started fewer than four days ago, see if you qualify for Sotrovimab treatment.
Please consult this chart to help guide your COVID-19 care. Check your age, risk profile, symptoms, response to the suggested care, and home situation.
- If you are GREEN, use the resources for managing your COVID-19 symptoms at home.
- If you are AMBER, book a virtual or in-person appointment with your doctor or visit albertafindadoctor.ca if you don’t have one. You can also call 811 or visit an urgent care clinic for a virtual or in-person assessment. For in-person appointments, you must wear a mask.
- If you are RED, call 911 and advise them you are COVID positive.
Here are some resources for managing your COVID-19 symptoms at home.
Self-Reporting a COVID-19 Infection
While it is not required to do so, you may want to document your positive rapid antigen test using this tool at ABcovid.ca. Patients in the North Zone can go here for self-reporting and support.
COVID-19 immunization remains the best way to prevent getting infected and protect you from severe illness. Immunization for everyone five years of age and older is safe, effective and saves lives. It is safe to obtain as soon as you have recovered from an infection. Book today.