Coronavirus - What you need to know

For the most recent updates, please visit the Government of Alberta website https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx.

 

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause respiratory illness in people, 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.

 

Symptoms of COVID-19 are like those for influenza or other respiratory illnesses. They range from mild to severe and include:

 

• Fever

• Cough

• Difficulty breathing

 

The majority of cases have reported mild symptoms. Older adults and people with medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and lung disease are more likely to become seriously ill.

 

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.

 

To help protect you and your family against all respiratory illnesses, including flu and COVID-19, you should:

 

  • Avoid touching your face, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched
  • Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill
  • Individuals with concerns about symptoms should call Health Link (811) unless severely ill in which case they should call 911 and inform the operator that you suspect COVID-19

 

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