On March 11 the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak as a pandemic.
With many sources reporting on the pandemic, we recommend physician members refer to the BC Centre for Disease Control – primary care website and refer patients to the BCCDC home page.
Members please visit VancouverPrimaryCareNow.com (login required) to stay up-to-date on guidelines, recommendations and support for your practice, and access clinical updates and patient resources. (lnformation shared from our partners is intended for physicians and we are only able to provide through login).
PUBLIC COVID-19 Q&A
|Symptoms?||The symptoms are similar to other respiratory illnesses, including the flu and common cold. They include cough, sneezing, fever, sore throat and difficulty breathing.|
|Prevention?||There are many things you can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in your community.|
|How it Spreads?||Coronavirus is transmitted via larger liquid droplets when a person coughs or sneezes. The virus can enter through these droplets through the eyes, nose or throat if you are in close contact.|
|If you are Sick?||If you have COVID-19, or think you might have it, help prevent spreading by following these instructions (click on link).|
|Travel?||British Columbians and Canadians should avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada, including to the United States.|
|Pets?||There is currently no evidence that domestic animals like pets can become sick with COVID-19 or can spread the virus to people.|
|Food Safety?||COVID-19 doesn't appear to be transmitted by eating food contaminated with the virus, however, it is important to practice good hand hygiene before preparing or eating food.|
|Provincial Telephone Service||1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319) or text 1-888-268-4319. Available 7:30 am- 8:00 pm, in over 110 languages. For non-medical information about COVID-19.|
|Latest updates of what you need to know.|
|Find information about COVID-19, how to protect yourself, your family and your community and what to do if you suspect you have the virus.|
|Updated Self-Assessment Tool and COVID-19 Support App||BC Ministry of Health developed to help determine whether you may need further assessment or testing for COVID-19.|
|Help control the spread of COVID-19||BC College of Family Physicians poster of actions and steps.|
|Self Isolation Do’s and Don’ts||If you don’t have COVID-19 or respiratory symptoms, but have been asked to stay at home.|