BCIT continues to monitor novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is continuing to closely monitor and share updates about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Health Canada continues to advise that the risk for Canadians and Canadian travellers is low.
Heath Canada has shared a useful Frequently Asked Question guide to correct some of the misconceptions circulating on social media around the transmission of the 2019 novel coronavirus. It includes helpful information about prevention methods (see below) and the use of masks.
Precautions and Prevention
While the risk is cited as low, precautionary measures to avoid transmission of coronavirus are similar to measures to prevent cold and
- Practice good hand hygiene – wash your hands regularly with plain soap and avoid touching your fac
- Cough/sneeze into arm/elbow (rather than hands)
- Do not share food, drink, utensils etc
Travel to China
The Public Health Agency for Canada Travel Health Notice continues, advising Canadians to avoid all non-essential travel to China, and avoid all travel to the province of Hubei, including the cities of Wuhan, Huanggang, and Ezhou.
Symptoms and Seeking Treatment
According to the BCCDC website, symptoms for COVID-19 include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. The BCCDC has advised that if you have been travelling and you become ill, or if you become ill after you return home, tell your healthcare provider about recent travel and your symptoms.
Anyone concerned that they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of the novel coronavirus, should contact their primary care provider or call 8-1-1 where they will be connected to a health professional and more information is available in more than 130 languages.
BCIT will continue to provide ongoing updates.
If you have questions, please visit the Canada Health FAQ webpage or call the Public Health Agency of Canada 2019 novel coronavirus telephone information line at 1-833-784-4397.