BC COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool

British Columbia COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool

This self-assessment tool, developed with the BC Ministry of Health, will help determine whether you may need further assessment or testing for COVID-19. You can complete this assessment for yourself, or on behalf of someone else, if they are unable to.

Who should be tested for COVID-19?

People with respiratory symptoms who are:

Hospitalized, or likely to be hospitalized
Health Care Workers
Residents of long term care facilities
Part of an investigation of a cluster or outbreak

Who does not need to be tested for COVID-19?

People without symptoms
Patients with mild respiratory symptoms who can be managed at home, including returning travellers with an onset of illness within 14 days of return to Canada

** More info > British Columbia COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool

Childcare & Schools – COVID-19

Childcare & Schools – COVID-19

As of March 17, 2020, B.C. will be suspending K-12 classes.

As of March 17, 2020, B.C. will be suspending K-12 classes. Teachers and schools will be developing plans for continuing instruction, outside of the classrom. More information will be added as it becomes available.

Information for post-secondary institutions can be found on this page. Students, faculty and staff should consult their instituation’s website for specific information.

How to support students who are self-isolating

Those who are self-isolating are doing so for the benefit of others. Please support continuing instruction (e.g. deadline extension or alternative coursework that can be completed from self-isolation) and create a non-punitive environment for those who are self-isolating.

At post-secondary institutions, students, faculty, or staff who are self-isolating may rely on post-secondary services (for example housing or food), institutions should plan for how they will support those in self-isolation. If your institution has a pre-existing plan for pandemic influenza, it may have protocols and guidance that can be adapted.

How to support students psychologically at this time

A new virus such as the one that causes COVID-19 can create anxiety and be difficult for students/children to understand, especially if someone in their school or family is sick, or they see or hear troubling media reports. It is normal for students/children to feel worried or nervous and have questions. Communication should reflect the diverse linguistic, literacy and cultural characteristics and needs of the students/children and their families.

It will be important for schools/childcare programs to monitor for discrimination and/or bullying surrounding COVID-19, in particular towards those who may have been exposed to the virus and are self-isolating at home, or self-monitoring for symptoms. School/childcare programs should make all efforts to ensure that misinformation is clarified and anti-discrimination/bullying protocols are adhered to.

For more info > BC Centre for Disease Control

Coronavirus COVID-19

The dedicated Pharmacists at Howe Sound Pharmacy are available to answer any questions you may have about the Coronavirus COVID-19 and your Health Care.

Below is some helpful information for you and your family.

Tips on staying healthy…

Wash your hands frequently
Coronavirus is transmitted via larger liquid droplets when a person coughs or sneezes. The virus can enter through the eyes, nose or throat if you are in close contact with these droplets. Because it can be spread by touch if a person has used their hands to cover their mouth or nose when they cough it’s recommended you cough or sneeze into your arm and wash your hands with soap and water regularly.

Even if you were to somehow touch something, like a doorknob, that has droplets with coronavirus in it, washing your hands before touching your face or mouth will reduce the risk of that virus getting into your body.

Keep your vaccines up to date
Because of the unknowns surrounding COVID-19 people are highly concerned about how to protect themselves. However, in British Columbia more people are currently infected with the flu and with recent outbreaks of measles over the past few years, it’s a good a time as any to make sure your vaccinations are up to date to protect yourself from these known diseases with one of our best defences, vaccination.

Avoid contact with people who are ill and don’t visit others when you are ill
Help stop the spread of illness, if you are feeling unwell stay at home and where possible, avoid those who are unwell. Recently, our Provincial health authorities are also asking people who have recently visited, or who have been in close contact with someone who has recently visited the Hubei province in China, to call public health officials and self-isolate for 14 days.

Consider wearing a face mask if you are sick
We’re seeing a lot of demand for face masks, but remember that while mask can help prevent transmission of illness from a sick person to others, their use is likely less effective in the community in preventing someone from getting sick.

If you are worried you have been exposed to the COVID-19, contact your primary care provider.

Anyone concerned that they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of the novel coronavirus, should contact their primary care provider, local public health office, or call 8-1-1.

B.C.’s pharmacists are also accessible in the vast majority of communities across the province and are available to provide timely health-care advice and information.

Michael Mui
Communications Specialist
BC Pharmacy Association

For additional information here’s a link to The Government of Canada Page about Coronavirus COVID-19