As you know, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely, and while the risk for British Columbians is still considered low, there are steps we can all take now to prevent the spread of illness. These steps include:
Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve (not your hand!)
Throw any used tissue into a garbage can immediately after use. Then wash your hands, using either soap and water or sanitizer.
As best as you can, keep your hands away from your eyes and nose. (Your eyes and nose have mucous membranes; germs (on your hands) can enter your body through the mucous membranes of your eyes and nose.
If you are sick, stay home, including if you are taking medications to mask symptoms (such as fever, coughing or shortness of breath), and call 8-1-1 (HealthLink). While COVID-19 is mild in most cases, people with underlying medical conditions are at most risk. So while you may be okay, others in our community may not. We ask that you consider the health and well-being of not only yourself, but those around you.
For more information and latest updates on COVID-19, follow the BC Centre for Disease Control on Twitter @CDCofBC or visit the website: http://www.bccdc.ca/
If you’re seeking travel advice, please refer to the latest Travel Notice from the Government of Canada.
Timely updates are also available from the BC Centre for Disease Control, Health Canada and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Thank you for your cooperation in helping to maintain a healthy and safe environment for everyone at PIBC.