With every sniffle and cough leading you to wonder whether you have coronavirus and causing you to call Public Health Lines, only to be put on hold for what seems like hours, Alberta Health has developed a self-assessment tool to help you decide whether you need to be tested for COVID-19.
AHS President and CEO Dr. Verna Yiu said, “AHS teams have come together to ensure we are protecting each other and keeping Albertans healthy and safe. Health Link is an important tool for Albertans right now,” says “Our staff are working to respond quickly to those who need to be assessed for COVID-19. This tool can help us reduce call volumes, keep the lines open for those with serious symptoms and reassure those Albertans who don’t need testing right now.”
According to WHO, “The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.”
SELF ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS TO DETERMINE WHETHER YOU HAVE CORONAVIRUS ACCORDING TO ALBERTA HEALTH
- Do you have severe difficulty breathing (e.g., struggling for each breath, speaking in single words), severe chest pain, having a very hard time waking up, feeling confused, lost consciousness – If yes, call 911.
- Do you have difficulty breathing – shortness of breath at rest, inability to lie down because of difficulty breathing? – If yes, call 811 (What to do if you are in other provinces)
- Do symptoms you have symptoms like fever, cough, sore throat? If you have these
- Have you travelled outside Canada in the past 14 days?
- Have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
- Have you been in close contact with someone with respiratory illness in the past 14 days and if that person travelled outside of Canada within the past 28 days?
- If the answer is yes, you need to call 811 (What to do if you are in other provinces)
Alberta Health has reminded stay home and call Health Link at 811 (What to do if you are in other provinces) and not to go to a physician’s office if you are not seriously ill, a healthcare facility or a lab without consulting with Health Link first.