Updated Information on Coronavirus

Updated information on coronavirus can be found on the BC Centre for Disease Control website. See link below:

http://www.bccdc.ca/…/stories/2020/information-on-novel-cor…

Information from Island Health:

General
• The first case of novel coronavirus in B.C. was announced on January 28.
• Island Health, the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and provincial and federal authorities are closely monitoring the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from China.
• The risk of spread of this virus within British Columbia continues to remain low at this time.
• Precautions are being taken to prevent the spread of infection.
• Travelers arriving in Canada from affected areas are being assessed at the point of entry.
• Island Health and BC are prepared to quickly and accurately detect and respond to serious infectious diseases.
• It is not necessary for the general public to take special precautions beyond the usual measures recommended to prevent other common respiratory viruses. Regular handwashing, coughing or sneezing into your elbow sleeve, disposing of tissues appropriately and avoiding contact with sick people are important ways to prevent the spread of respiratory illness generally. It is recommended that people stay home if they are sick.
• People experiencing the coronavirus symptoms, such as fever and cough, and who have travelled to the affected area or have contact with someone who travelled to an affected area, should call 8-1-1 or phone their primary care provider. Travel history and symptoms should be provided before attending an appointment.
• We all play a role in dispelling rumours that may lead to inappropriate discrimination against people. Only people who are experiencing symptoms may transmit an illness, it is not related to race or ethnicity. It is important to check trusted sources for information on coronavirus.
• If you have questions, see the BCCDC website: http://www.bccdc.ca/…/stories/2020/information-on-novel-cor…
• For travel recommendations, see http://www.travel.gc.ca/
• Visit the WHO webpage for international information: https://www.who.int/emergen…/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
Face masks
• Face masks are beneficial for people experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness, such as a cough, so they do not spread any respiratory diseases. If someone chooses to use a face mask, it doesn’t mean they are sick and it isn’t a safety issue.
• Masks are not recommended for well persons.
Additional messages for international and post-secondary schools
• There is no need to restrict any activities for any students who are well, or to cancel any mass school events or field trips to public spaces or events.
• Students who become ill following international travel can call 8-1-1 or contact a health care provider.
Additional messages for patients
• People with any symptoms of respiratory illness may be asked to wear a mask to protect visitors and other patients in health care settings, while they are waiting for or receiving treatment.
Additional messages for community groups and others
• There is no need to restrict any group activities or to cancel any group events or field trips to public spaces or events.

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