Health Recommendations & Services

What to do if you feel unwell

If you feel unwell, stay home. If you are concerned about your symptoms, complete the COVID-19 self-assessment provided by Alberta Health Services.

Information about COVID-19

To learn more about COVID-19, consult Alberta Health Services (AHS). You will find information about risks and symptoms, as well as how to seek medical advice.

Go to AHS website

Social Distancing Guidelines

Environment, Health and Safety has published a number of new guidelines regarding shared spaces on campus:


To minimize the spread of any respiratory virus (including things like the flu/influenza and COVID-19), Alberta Health Services recommends the following:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use alcohol-based hand sanitizer, if hands are not visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • Use a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw it in a garbage bin lined with a plastic bag.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve.
  • Wash your hands immediately after coughing and/or sneezing.
  • Stay home if you’re sick.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are shared and used often.

Mental Health and How to Cope

The COVID-19 pandemic can have a significant impact on your mental health. This is a very uncertain and disruptive time, and you may be experiencing heightened anxiety or stress. Resources are available if you, or someone you know, is struggling or needs a little extra support.

U of A community members can find the on-campus, off-campus and remote U of A health services and wellness support that’s right for them below.

The Government of Alberta also recommends the following resources:

U of A Health Services and Wellness Support

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

What should I do if I feel unwell?

If you feel unwell, stay home. If you are concerned about your symptoms, complete the COVID-19 self-assessment provided by Alberta Health Services for direction on what to do next.

What is self-isolation?
Self-isolation means avoiding situations where you could infect other people. This means all situations where you may come in contact with others, such as social gatherings, work, school, etc, must be avoided. As much as possible, you should limit your contact with people and avoid having visitors to your home. However, it is okay for people to deliver food or other items. More information can be found on the Government of Alberta's self-isolation information sheet.
Should I wear a mask?

If you are healthy, medical masks are not recommended as they don’t provide full protection and can create a false sense of security.

Alberta Health Services asks people who have a cough or respiratory symptoms to wear a mask and clean their hands when visiting an emergency department or clinic.

How can I get mental health support?

A public health situation like the COVID-19 outbreak may have an impact on your mental health. If you are struggling with your mental health, including experiencing stress, anxiety or panic, please consult one of the resources below:


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