Alberta Health Services (AHS) Central Zone Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Mohammed Mosli warned of the severity of the whole situation and how flattening the curve, a fancy term for stalling the progression of the spread, is important for all Albertans – including rural Alberta.
“A lot of people are asking about what flattening the curve means and basically what these public health interventions that we are putting in place and aim to do is slow the spread as much as possible so that less people are getting sick and less people require healthcare attention so the healthcare system doesn’t get overwhelmed and burdened so that is some of our prime issues,” said Dr. Mosli.
He added, “There is no realistic way to stop the spread completely but with the nature of humans is that we move, we go out, we interact we come together and we travel which is one of the biggest drivers of the spread at this point so we are trying our best to minimize any potential source of spreading by putting instructions on travel, social distancing and all the general information that has been released by AHS.”
One confirmed case of the coronavirus in Camrose County has been detected as well as one case in Stettler County and the Three Hills area within the east central region.
No one farther east has been diagnosed with the Corvid-19 virus as of yet aside from Minburn/Vegreville County and Vermilion River County.
There are 754 cases in Alberta and 8,579 in Canada as of Tues. March 31.
If anyone is experiencing main symptoms like coughing, fever, sore throat, muscle aches and/or headaches, they are asked not to go to their doctor or clinic but rather visit the AHS website as their first step.
“This has never changed; If you are sick don’t go to work. This is something not new. Also what’s not new is being diligent with washing your hands all the time especially if you are sick,” said Dr. Mosli.
“Other people have shown symptoms like diarrhoea but we are mainly focusing on upper respiratory tract infection symptoms.”
There you will find information about next steps like reviewing how COVID-19 symptoms related to your symptoms.
If the person is still concerned they have the virus they can set up a self assessment using an online tool provided by AHS.
“The tool will advise whether you need to seek further attention from the health care system or it will assure you that you shouldn’t be worried. Please don’t go to your doctor or the hospital before completing that tool and following its instructions,” he said.