If you are feeling unwell or have health conditions that may be impacted by respiratory illness, health authorities suggest staying at home. The B.C. government is providing a self-assessment tool that you can use to help determine if you have symptoms of COVID-19.
The BC Centre for Disease Control tracks the number of cases of COVID-19, the number of related deaths, and the number of recoveries in B.C.
The provincial government has provided a self-assessment tool which can help you determine whether you may need further assessment or testing for COVID-19.
COVID-19 Information Websites
The most up-to-date information about COVID-19 can be found through reading informed, evidence-based medical service provider sources such as:
- BC COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool
- BC COVID-19 Dashboard
- Fraser Health
- Daily Update on COVID-19 from the B.C. Government
- Government of Canada
- BC Centre for Disease Control
- World Health Organization
- BC211 - Safe Seniors, Strong Communities Program
- Safe Home
- HousingJobMatch.ca - a website to connect unemployed workers with housing providers needing additional support.
There are three steps to get vaccinated:
- Book an appointment
- Get the vaccine
Prevention and Protection
The most important thing you can do to prevent infection is to wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face. To help reduce your risk of infection:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Using soap and water is the single most effective way of reducing the spread of infection
- If hand washing is unavailable, alcohol based hand rubs (ABHR) can be used to clean your hands as long as they are not visibly soiled.
- Do not touch your face, eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
- Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow when you sneeze or cough
- Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
- Do not share food, drinks, utensils, etc.
Common symptoms for COVID-19 are:
- Difficulty breathing
If you have concerns or questions about your health contact HealthLinkBC (8-1-1) at any time or speak with your health care provider.
How is COVID-19 transmitted?
Coronavirus is spread from an infected person through:
- Droplets spread when a person coughs or sneezes
- Close personal contact such as touching or shaking hands
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands