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If you have COVID-19 or think you might, you can expect the illness to go away on its own in about 10 to 14 days. Most people (about 80%) recover from COVID-19 without special treatment. But COVID-19 can cause serious illness. Older adults and people with other medical problems are more likely to get very sick. This can include trouble breathing and pneumonia.
There is a risk of death in severe cases of COVID-19.
COVID-19 symptoms are a lot like symptoms of the flu (influenza) or other illnesses that affect the lungs and airways (called respiratory illnesses). These symptoms include:
If you have any of these symptoms, you should isolate. To learn more, visit isolation recommendations.
If you are tested, follow instructions at ahs.ca/results based on your test results.
Other symptoms can include:
If you have any of the other symptoms, stay home and limit your contact with others until your symptoms go away.
While you’re isolating with COVID-19 symptoms, there are things you can do at home to help yourself feel better:
Learn how to protect yourself and others while caring for someone with COVID-19 at home. See How to Care for Someone with COVID-19 at Home. Complete COVID-19 resources are available at AHS.ca/covid.
If you think you might have COVID-19, take the COVID-19 Self-Assessment. This online assessment will help you know if you need a COVID-19 test.
Call 911 if you are seriously ill and need medical help right away. Tell them that you may have COVID-19.
For example, call 911 if:
Call your doctor or Health Link at 811 or get medical care right away if:
To see this information online and learn more, visit MyHealth.Alberta.ca/health/pages/conditions.aspx?Hwid=custom.ab_covid_19_symptom_mgmt_001.
How to manage your symptoms
For 24/7 nurse advice and general health information call Health Link at 811.
Current as of: July 19, 2022
Author: Adapted from Healthwise
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