COVID-19 Symptoms and Self-Assessment Tool

LISA CAI COVID-19, Newcomer Information

COVID-19 is a disease caused by the coronavirus that was recently discovered and named. People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the disease through these ways:

  • when the sick person coughs or sneezes
  • when you shake hands with the sick person
  • when you touch your face (mouth, nose, eyes, etc.) right after touching something that has the virus on its surface

It is important to know the symptoms of this disease. People who are infected with COVID-19 may show little or no signs. The symptoms can be similar to a cold or flu.

The most common COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Feel tired
  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pneumonia in both lungs

Some COVID-19 patients may also show these symptoms:

  • Aches and pains
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Sore throat

The COVID-19 symptoms are usually not severe at the beginning, they may develop gradually and take up to 14 days to fully appear after the person is exposed to the virus. A person who is infected with COVID-19 can pass the disease to a healthy person in his or her close contact, and the infected person does not have to show any symptoms.

If you think you might have COVID-19, you must self-isolate for 14 days or until the symptoms completely go away. Please use this free online link to find out more:

COVID-19 Self-Assessment:


Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Symptoms and treatment:

Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19) by the World Health Organization:

COVID-19 info for Albertans: