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COVID-19 Recommendations from Vancouver Coastal Health

Posted on March 13, 2020


For regular updates and information regarding COVID-19, visit Vancouver Coastal Health's website

A new coronavirus is the cause of an outbreak of respiratory infections, now known as COVID-19. The number of cases worldwide is changing quickly. B.C. has confirmed cases of coronavirus; however the risk to Canadians continues to be low. 

What you need to know:

  • Risk: The risk of coronavirus disease transmission continues to remain low for residents of British Columbia. People without symptoms do not pose a risk.

  • Prevention: Proper hand washing, covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and staying home when you're sick is the best protection.

  • Symptoms: Reported signs and symptoms include: fever, coughing, difficulty breathing, and/or pneumonia in both lungs.

  • Experiencing symptoms: If you think you have the symptoms of coronavirus disease, please stay at home and call 8-1-1.

  • Returning from outside Canada: Anyone who travels outside of Canada will be asked to stay away from work or school for 14 days upon their return and monitor for symptoms and avoid contact with others. If you have been travelling and you become ill or become ill after you return home, tell your health care provider about recent travel and your symptoms. You should also tell your provider if you had close contact with a sick person. 

  • Travelling outside of Canada: The Provincial Government is recommending against all non-essential travel outside of Canada, including to the United States. Effective today, anyone who chooses to travel outside of Canada will be asked to stay away from work or school for 14 days upon their return. 

  • Health questions: If you have health concerns, call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1.

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