COVID-19 symptoms

  • Cough that is new or worsening
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhea
  • Some people may not show any symptoms

People with increased risk of more severe outcomes

  • Age 65 and over
  • Compromised immune system
  • Underlying medical condition

Scientific answers to rumors

  • There is not enough evidence to suggest pregnant women are at greater risk.
  • There is not enough evidence that the use of Ibuprofen (Advil and Motrin) may be linked to negative outcomes in COVID-19.  

How it spreads

  • Via respiratory droplets generated when you cough or sneeze. 
  • COVID-19 can survive multiple days on plastic or stainless steel surfaces.
  • Close, prolonged personal contact, such as touching or shaking unwashed hands.
  • Touching an object with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.

Prevention is the key

  • Practice social distancing to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community. COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus and it’s possible that the virus can be transmitted to others even if someone is not showing any symptoms.
  • When you are out in public, maintain a distance of about 2 meters from others. 
  • Proper handwashing: watch this video.
  • The government of Canada recommends wearing masks if you are experiencing possible COVID-19 symptoms. Masks can help prevent spreading droplets when you cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid all non-essential travel. If you traveled outside of Canada and returned after March 12, you are expected to self-isolate for 14 days.

Wearing Masks

  • Medical masks, including surgical, medical procedure face masks and respirators (like N95) masks, must be kept for our healthcare workers and others providing direct care to COVID-19 patients.
  • Non-medical masks (like homemade cloth masks) can be worn as an additional measure to protect others around you.
  • Here are some tips when using a mask:
  1. Wash your hands immediately before putting it on and after taking it off
  2. Make sure it fits well around your nose and mouth without any gaps
  3. Do not share the mask with others
  4. Change the mask if it gets damp or soiled

You should be tested for COVID-19 if you have respiratory symptoms and fit the following criteria

  • You are hospitalized, or likely to be hospitalized
  • You are a health care worker
  • You are a resident of a long term care facility
  • You are part of an investigation of a cluster or outbreak

You do not need to be tested for COVID-19 if

  • You don’t have any symptoms
  • You have mild respiratory symptoms that can be managed at home, including returning travelers with an onset of illness within 14 days of return to Canada

Please contact your family doctor or call 8-1-1 to speak with HealthLink BC if you are unwell or require assistance. Many medical and dental offices are offering virtual visits. You can use the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool to help determine if you need further assessment or testing. Please try and avoid going to the Emergency Room for minor concerns. It is essential that frontline health providers focus on helping our sickest and most vulnerable patients during this pandemic.