What is Coronavirus/COVID-19?
- Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that include the common cold as well as more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).
- COVID-19 is the name of the disease that is caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2.
- The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other respiratory illnesses including the flu and common cold. The most common symptoms are:
- Fever and chills
- Cough and shortness of breath
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Loss of sense of taste, smell, or appetite
- Headache, muscle ache, and fatigue
- Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
- Less common, symptoms can also include:
- Stuffy nose
- Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
- Dizziness and confusion
- Abdominal pain
- Skin rashes or discoloration of fingers or toes.
- If you have any symptoms, however mild, please self-isolate, use the BC self-assessment tool to assess your symptoms, and get tested.
Masks are now mandatory per the instructions of the Provincial Health Officer. Medical grade masks are required in health care settings. If you don’t have a medical grade mask, it will be provided to you. This includes:
- Medical masks must be worn for your clinic visits
- Medical masks must be worn on site in hospitals or other health care settings
- We ask that you mask when we visit you for your home visits; you may wear a cloth mask in your home if you prefer
- Information on masks from the BCCDC
What do I do if I have COVID-19 symptoms?
- Do not come to clinic if sick or symptomatic. Reschedule your appointment. If you would like a check in via Telehealth or phone, please let us know
- Isolate as per CDC guidelines – remember, you must have a negative test and no longer be symptomatic prior to returning to work or other interactions
- Use the BC Government’s Self Assessment tool or call 811 to see if you should be tested. It is recommended to get tested even with mild symptoms.
- Follow this link to book an appointment at a testing site
There are a number of resources available to help you navigate COVID-19. Many of these are specific for families and for pregnant people. We will add to this list as new resources become available. Please check back regularly!
- Fraser Health FAQs – this webpage has information regarding prenatal and postpartum care during COVID-19
- Giving birth at RCH during COVID-19
- Tri-Cities COVID-19 Community Resource Guide – for families in the Tri-Cities
- New West COVID-19 Community Resources Guide – for family in New West
- BC Centre for Disease Control – general information regarding what we know about COVID-19, as well as access to information on testing and results
- Fraser Health COVID-19 updates – get the latest updates on recommendations, as well as access to numerous resources including schools, testing, masks, and community exposures
- BC Government Provincial Health Order – details on the current restrictions (to continue until Dec 7 2020 at midnight)
- Perinatal Services BC Antenatal Visits During COVID-19 – recommendations regarding alternative care schedules in pregnancy during a pandemic
- Pregnancy and COVID – Statement from the SOGC on pregnancy and COVID-19