COVID-19 RISKS & PREVENTION

Risks

 

​Higher risk does apply to those who develop COVID-19 symptoms (fever, and/or cough or shortness of breath) and meet any of the below criteria:

  • Travelled to anywhere outside of Canada or;

  • Had close contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 or;

  • Had close contact with a person with acute respiratory illness who has travelled anywhere outside of Canada within 14 days of illness onset or;

  • Was exposed in a lab setting to biological material known to contain the COVID-19 virus

What is a close contact? A close contact is defined as a person who provided care for the individual, including healthcare workers, family members or other caregivers, or who had other similar close physical contact with the person without consistent and appropriate use of personal protective equipment OR who lived with or otherwise had close prolonged contact (within two metres) with the person while they were infectious OR had direct contact with infectious bodily fluids of the person (e.g. was coughed or sneezed on) while not wearing recommended personal protective equipment.

Risk of exposure

  • Community settings / gatherings are at an elevated risk of exposure 

  • Healthcare workers who are treating patients of COVID-19 are at an elevated risk of exposure

  • Close contacts of those who have contracted COVID-19 are at an elevated risk of exposure

See infographic below to help guide your decisions based on risk factors.

Risk of Severe Illness

COVID-19 has been showing that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick with this illness and they include:

  • Older adults

  • People of any age with chronic medical conditions like:

    • heart disease

    • diabetes

    • lung disease

    • hypertension

    • kidney disease

    • liver disease

    • dementia

    • stroke

  • People of any age who are immunocompromised, including those:

    • with an underlying medical condition (eg: cancer)​

    • taking medications that lower the immune system

  • People living with obesity

Vulnerable populations infographic

Risk Assessment Tools

Alberta Health Services Self Assessment Tool

Risk-informed decision making for mass gatherings during COVID-19 outbreak

Alberta Health Services COVID-19 Individual Risk Evaluator

Prevention

Protect yourself and your community by following the below recommended guidelines:

  • Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly (20 seconds minimum) with soap and water or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer if soap and water not available

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands

  • Stay home as much as possible and practise physical distancing when you do leave home

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick 

  • Cover your sneeze and cough! Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue and then dispose of the tissue right away then was your hands immediately 

  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched regularly

  • Stay home if you have symptoms or feel unwell!!

  • REMEMBER THAT THIS IS NOT ABOUT CREATING FEAR, IT IS ABOUT PREVENTION! EVERYONE HAS A ROLE TO PLAY IN PROTECTING EACH OTHER AND STAYING HEALTHY.

Prevention for those who have recently travelled outside of Canada

  • Effective March 25, 2020 the Government of Canada has implemented a mandatory 14-day quarantine under the quarantine act

  • All travellers who returned to Alberta from outside of Canada in the last 14 days are required to self-isolate immediately for 14 days after the date of return and monitor for symptoms 

  • If symptoms arise, you must self-isolate for 14 days. You must not leave you property under any circumstances during self-isolation. If symptoms worsen or you have concerns about your health, call 811

Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations        Ph: (780) 944-0334
17533 106 Ave, Edmonton, AB T5S 1E7         Fax: (780) 944-0346

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