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COVID-19 personal risk severity assessment

Use this tool to assess your risk of experiencing severe health outcomes if you get COVID-19.


While we are still learning about the health effects of COVID-19, older people and people with certain chronic conditions have a higher risk of experiencing severe outcomes, including:

  • hospitalization
  • intensive care unit admission
  • death

Take this risk assessment to find out if you’re more likely to experience severe outcomes if infected with COVID-19.

Your risk is determined by your age, biological sex and chronic health conditions. The conditions listed below are based on Alberta data and a review of the evidence on specific conditions associated with severe outcomes.

Assess your risk

Why are we asking for this?
Select all conditions that apply to you


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Protect yourself based on risk

Anyone can be infected with COVID-19, and anyone can experience severe outcomes (hospitalization, ICU admission or death).

Your risk level shows your likelihood of having a severe outcome if you get it, based on current data and knowledge of the virus.

Everyone should take steps to prevent getting and spreading COVID-19. Below are additional measures you can take based on your risk level.

Low Risk

  • You are less likely to have a severe outcome if infected with COVID-19.
  • Protect yourself and others:
    • stay home when sick and get tested
    • wash or sanitize your hands regularly
    • stay 2 meters away from people outside your cohort when you can, wear a mask when you can’t
    • follow all gathering restrictions, public health orders, and guidance.
    • watch the COVID-19 relaunch status map for the number of cases in your local area and any extra measures put in place

Moderate Risk

  • You are somewhat likely to have a severe outcome if infected with COVID-19.
  • Protect yourself – follow all low risk measures, plus:
    • limit the number of people you come into close contact with
    • choose your cohort carefully and keep interactions short to limit the risk of spread

High Risk

  • You are very likely to have a severe outcome if infected with COVID-19.
  • Protect yourself – follow all low risk measures, plus:
    • limit interaction with others
      • avoid crowds and large gatherings
      • keep your cohort small, and ask those in your cohort to do the same
      • consider limiting physical contact (handshakes, hugs, kisses) with people outside your household
      • wear a medical mask (if available) when in indoor public places - medical masks can help protect the wearer from others
    • avoid non-essential travel
      • use curbside pick up or delivery services when possible
      • limit outings to those that are low risk:
        • medical appointments
        • time spent with others while distanced or where all are wearing masks
        • other activities where you are confident all public health measures will be in place
    • clean and disinfect any surfaces you touch that are also touched by other people (for example, toilets, tables, doorknobs, remotes)

Why we ask for your biological sex

Based on current knowledge of COVID-19 risk factors, people with XY (male) chromosomes have a higher risk of severe outcomes. Selecting the most appropriate biological match will give you the most accurate assessment.

Risk severity assessment tool metadata (PDF, 438 KB)