Symptoms and the Spread of COVID-19
This virus may cause severe respiratory distress. While the incubation period of COVID-19 lasts from 5-14 days, symptoms are similar to that of the flu, and could include:
· Fever or feeling feverish/chills
· Dry cough or a sore throat
· Body or muscle aches
· Difficulty in breathing
Like the flu, COVID-19 can spread from person to person in close proximity with someone who has contracted the virus.
Currently there is no vaccine against COVID-19. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that the best way to avoid catching a cold, the flu, or COVID-19, is to practice regular hand washing hygiene.
What To Do if You Feel Sick?
If you experience flu-like symptoms, stay home and seek advice for a medical professional.
If you suspect you might have the COVID-19 virus, all staff are required to call your immediate supervisor. You will be asked:
· How long you have been sick,
· When your symptoms first appeared,
· If you've recently travelled, and if you have visited another S.U.C.C.E.S.S. office.
Also, note that as of March 16, 2020, as authorized by the B.C. Ministry of Health, pharmacies may now refill prescriptions without renewal notes from doctors.
You can call the following free medical professional with health-related concerns:
· HealthLink BC: Dial "8-1-1"
· Dedicated Helpline: 1-888-COVID-19
Stay Informed on COVID-19 Developments:
Keep updated on the latest COVID-19 developments from official sources. Gossip often spreads false or poorly-informed information. These resources will provide accurate and timely information to help you:
· World Health Organization (WHO): https://bit.ly/WHOInfo-COVID-19
· Government of Canada COVID-19 Database: https://bit.ly/Canada-COVID-19
· B.C. Center for Disease Control (CDC): https://bit.ly/BCCDC-COVID-19
· Vancouver Coastal Health: https://bit.ly/VCH-COVID-19