(Frequenly Asked Questions)

What is COVID-19?

  • COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. It is a new diseased caused by a coronavirus not previously seen in humans. Symptoms have included fever, cough & difficulty breathing

How can I prevent COVID-19?

  • You can avoid close contact with people who are sick 

  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands (best practise to stop completely)

  • If you feel ill, stay home!

  • Cover your cough & sneeze. Cough or sneeze into your elbow or tissue (discard of tissue immediately)

  • Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with cleaning spray or wipes

What should I do if I think I have COVID-19?

Who is at the most risk?

  • Elderly and those with underlying health problems like high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease & lung disease

Are children at risk?

  • So far COVID-19 has affected adults much more than children. It is thought to be less severe particularly in children under the age of 10

I am pregnant, should I be worried?

  • Currently research shows that pregnant women are not at an increased risk from COVID-19. There is also no evidence that COVID infection is passed on to the fetus or has any effect on the fetus

Is there a vaccine available for COVID-19?

  • A vaccine is currently not available at this time however research to develop a vaccine has begun in many countries

What treatments are available for those infected?

  • Most mild cases will recover on their own without requiring any medical intervention. Symptom relief medication is recommended

  • Serious cases may require hospitalization to support vital organ function

Should I wear a mask?

  • If you are healthy it is NOT recommended 

  • Masks are required to be changed frequently & there is a potential risk of infection with improper use & disposal

  • You may be asked to wear a mask at a medical facility if you present symptoms of COVID-19 - this is done as a precautionary measure

I am returning from a trip outside of Canada, what do I need to do?

I have a trip planned outside of the country, should I cancel it?

  • Albertans are not recommended to travel out of country at this time

Can I use disinfectant sprays or wipes on my hands?

  • No. These can cause skin & eye irritation and they are not intended for use on human or animals