COVID-19 Symptoms and Testing

Monitor Your Symptoms

Albertans should monitor their symptoms everyday to help protect others and prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Adults over 18 should stay home and get tested if they have any COVID-19 symptoms.

Core Symptoms (for Adults over 18)

If you have any of these core symptoms, you need to isolate for at least 10 days from the start of your symptoms or until they are gone, whichever is longer, or until you test negative.

Core and other symptoms apply to all COVID-19 stains, including variants.

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Runny Nose
  • Sore Throat
Other Symptoms (for Adults over 18)

Any Symptoms: Stay home and limit contact with others until symptoms are gone.  Testing is recommended.

  • Stuffy Nose
  • Painful Swallowing
  • Chills
  • Headaches
  • Muscle or Joint Aches
  • Feeling Unwell or Fatigue
  • Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea or Unexplained Loss of Appetite
  • Loss of Sense of Smell or Taste
  • Conjunctivitis, also known as Pink Eye
Monitor your health and call Health Link 811 if you have questions or concerns.  Call 911 immediately if experiencing severe symptoms or COVID-19, including difficulty breathing, severe chest pain, feelings of confusion of loss of consciousness.


Get Tested

To reduce wait times and speed up test results during the busy winter cold and influenza season, priority testing is available to:

  • any person exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19
  • all close contacts of COVID-19 cases
  • all workers and/or residents at specific outbreak sites

Book a Test

If you have symptoms or known exposure to COVID-19, you must stay home and book your test online with AHS assessment tool or call Health Link 811.

Take the assessment/Book a test