Navigating COVID-19 Symptoms
Alberta Health Services has posted a COVID-19 Self-Care Guide. According to this guide, if you have symptoms of COVID-19, you can assume you have the virus and likely the Omicron variant. You do not not need to be tested to confirm.
The Self-Care Guide offers information on managing COVID-19 symptoms at home and how to care for someone with COVID-19 at home, as well as links to self-care resources and answers to frequently asked questions.
The Alberta Medical Association has also prepared a Red-Amber-Green Guide for Navigating COVID-19. This guide assists with identifying your risk levels if you contract COVID-19 as well as when you should seek medical assistance.
PPE Update for Health Care Professionals
Alberta Health Services has issued new guidance on the use of masks. KN95 masks, N95 respirators, and a well-fitting procedure/surgical mask are all considered safe practice for continuous masking.
A seal-tested KN95 mask is a safe and reasonable alternative for a fit-tested N95 respirator: use a well-fitting procedure/surgical mask if neither are available. Do NOT double-mask in any combination as there is an increased risk of self-contamination. KN95 masks, like N95s, provide 95% or greater particulate filtration efficiency.