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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), you must isolate yourself (self-isolate). This means that you:
To learn more, visit www.alberta.ca/isolation.aspx.
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.
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:
If you’re an adult and have any of these symptoms, you must self-isolate for at least 10 days after your symptoms started or until your symptoms are gone, whichever is longer.
For children and anyone over 18 years of age attending high school, use the daily screening checklist every day before they go to school, child care, or other activities. If your child has symptoms, follow the advice on the checklist.
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.
Use the daily screening checklist every day before your child goes to school, child care, or other activities. If your child has symptoms, follow the advice on the checklist.
To learn more about caring for yourself at home, visit MyHealth.Alberta.ca/Alberta/Pages/How-to-manage-symptoms.aspx
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/Alberta/Pages/COVID-19-care-instr-after-ER-UCC.aspx.
For 24/7 nurse advice and general health information call Health Link at 811.
Current as of: November 2, 2020
Author: Emergency Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services
Care instructions may be adapted by your healthcare provider. If you have questions about a medical condition or this instruction, talk with your doctor or appropriate healthcare provider.