COVID Alert is Canada’s free exposure notification app.

Together, let’s limit the spread of COVID-19 and prevent future outbreaks.

COVID Alert helps us break the cycle of infection. The app can let people know of possible exposures before any symptoms appear.

That way, we can take care of ourselves and protect our communities.

What is COVID-19?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people and others cause illness in animals. Human coronaviruses are common and are typically associated with mild illnesses, similar to the common cold.

COVID-19 is a new disease that has not been previously identified in humans. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people, and more rarely, these can then spread from person to person through close contact.

There have been 2 other specific coronaviruses that have spread from animals to humans and which have caused severe illness in humans. These are the:

  1. Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS CoV)
  2. Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS CoV)


Those who are infected with COVID-19 may have little to no symptoms. You may not know you have symptoms of COVID-19 because they are similar to a cold or flu.

Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19. This is the longest known incubation period for this disease. We are currently investigating if the virus can be transmitted to others if someone is not showing symptoms. While experts believe that it is possible, it is considered less common.

Symptoms have included:

  • cough
  • fever
  • difficulty breathing
  • pneumonia in both lungs

In severe cases, infection can lead to death.

Prevention and Risk

Human coronaviruses cause infections of the nose, throat and lungs. They are most commonly spread from an infected person through:

  • respiratory droplets generated when you cough or sneeze
  • close, prolonged personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • touching something with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands

Current evidence suggests person-to-person spread is efficient when there is close contact.

Employment Insurance (EI)

COVID-19 Preparedness Qualification Online Course

The UBC has created on online course for members to take regarding COVID-19 Safety on and around a job site. This course is not mandatory, however is highly recommended for all members to take!

Here’s how to register: 1. Visit the UBC’s “For Our Members” page 2. Scroll down to “UBC Member Training Opportunities” 3. Select “Access to the CITF Online Learning Center”

To register please click this link:

If you have any questions, please contact your areas representative:

Cape Breton
Lorne Carabin
C: 902 562 5130

Newfoundland & Labrador
Tracey Johnson
C: 709 325 5586

New Brunswick
T: (506) 450-4024

Mainland Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island
Len Bryden
C: 902 229 0827

For more information and latest updates, please visit your local public health authority below!