Thank you for providing your comments surrounding COVID-19. We are experiencing very high queries and will get back to you as soon as we can. We are listening to our members and want to assure you that we are doing our best to address your concerns.
On March 11 the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak as a pandemic.
With many sources reporting on the outbreak, we recommend physician members refer to the BC Centre for Disease Control – primary care website and refer patients to the BCCDC home page (http://covid-19.bccdc.ca) to access important updates, resources and practical information. Additional recommended resources include: HealthLink BC (COVID-19), HealthLink BC (Public Health Alerts), College of Family Physicians of Canada.
Members please visit VancouverPrimaryCareNow.com/COVID-19 (login required)
Information is changing rapidly, and we are doing our best to keep members up to date. We encourage you to visit the member website and please be sure to refresh it often as it does not always refresh on its own: www.vancouverprimarycarenow.com (lnformation is shared through a number of internal partner sources which 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.|
|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.|
|Patient Resources||Vancouver Division’s Patient FAQ.|
|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.|
|Do your Part, Stay Apart
Poster | Images
|Health Authority Message to the Public: We’re doing our part, now we need you to do yours.|
|Social Distancing, What it Means?||Outline of recommended activities to Stop, Use Caution or Safe to do.|
|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.|