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.
COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization has characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic. What is a pandemic? Click here for the definition.
As of May 21, 2020 there are 926 active cases, 132 deaths and 5710 recovered cases of COVID-19 in Alberta.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Shortness of breath
Symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but do not develop any symptoms, some also do not feel unwell. About 80% of infected cases recover without needed special treatment. 1 out of every 6 people who contract COVID-19 become seriously ill and develop difficulty breathing. Older people and those with underlying medical problems like:
High blood pressure
are more likely to develop serious illness with risk of death in severe cases.
What should you do if you experience symptoms of COVID-19?
Alberta Health Services has developed an online assessment tool that can be used to assess the need for testing for COVID-19. If you believe an assessment is needed, please click here. If you are experiencing breathing troubles, call 9-1-1 immediately.
If you are experiencing flu like symptoms such as fever or cough, it is advised to self-isolate at home for 14 days after the illness has started.
How is COVID-19 spread?
It 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.
Some may also experience:
Aches and pains
Each individual should continue to be proactive and think about the actions they can take to keep themselves, their loved ones and the community healthy and prevent the spread of infection
What are Treaty no. 6 nations doing?
Visit here to be kept informed on what the communities of Treaty No. 6 are doing to ensure the health & safety of the community and emergency preparedness