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You don’t need to stay in the hospital. You can stay at home while you wait for your COVID-19 test results and recover from your illness.
After you leave the emergency department (ED) or urgent care centre (UCC), it's recommended that you isolate yourself. This means that you:
Follow the advice you get about when it's safe for you to stop isolating. If you’re not sure, call Health Link at 811.
To learn more about isolation recommendations go to isolation recommendations.
COVID-19 is caused by a virus. COVID-19 symptoms are a lot like symptoms of the flu (influenza) or other illnesses that affect the lungs and airways (called respiratory illnesses). COVID-19 can cause:
To learn more about caring for yourself at home, go to COVID-19 Self-Care Guide
Go to the following websites to get the latest information about COVID-19:
To see this information online and learn more, visit MyHealth.Alberta.ca/health/pages/conditions.aspx?Hwid=custom.ab_covid19_edoruccvisit_ac_adult.
Care instructions after you leave the emergency department or urgent care centre
For 24/7 nurse advice and general health information call Health Link at 811.
Current as of: August 17, 2022
Author: Emergency Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services
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