The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) has excellent advice for what to do if you get COVID-19 to stop the spread of the virus.

First, determine if you have, or may have, COVID-19

If you’re feeling unwell and are unsure whether or not you have the virus, please use the BCCDC’s Self-Assessment Tool. You can complete the assessment for yourself or others . The assessment will let you know if you need medical care and provides instructions on how to get that care.

If you have, or suspect you may have the virus, please follow he BCCDC recommendation stop help stop the spread of the visit.


Stopping the spread of the virus when you are sick

Self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days
Stay home and do not go to work, school or public places and do not use public transit or ride shares. Do not have visitors to your home.  If you live with other people, avoid contact with others at home by staying and sleeping in a separate room and using a separate bathroom if possible. See the following guides:
The Do’s and Don’ts of Self-Isolation
Self-Isolation for Caregivers and Family Members of People With COVID-19

Cover your coughs and sneezes
When you feel a cough or sneeze coming on, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. Don’t have a tissue? Cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands. Wash your hands right away after you sneeze, cough or touch used tissues or masks. Throw used tissues into a lined trash can in your room and tie up that trash bag before adding it with other household waste.

Wash your hands
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you can’t wash your hands, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Do not share household items.
Do not share dishes, cups, eating utensils, towels, bedding, or other shared belongings. After using these items, wash them with soap and water.

Flush the toilet with the lid down
COVID-19 virus may also be present in poop (stool or feces). Always wash your hands with soap and water after using the toilet.

General cleaning.
Water and detergent (e.g., liquid dishwashing soap) or common household cleaning wipes should be used. Apply firm pressure while cleaning. Surfaces should be cleaned at least once a day.

Wear a face mask.
When you are sick, wearing a face mask (surgical or procedure mask) helps to stop the spread of germs from you to others.


If you need medical care

Pay attention
Watch how you’r  feeling after getting the test. You can call 8-1-1 anytime to talk to a nurse at HealthLink BC to get advice.

Urgent medical care
 If it becomes harder to breathe, you can’t drink anything or feel much worse than when you got tested; seek urgent medical care at an urgent care clinic or emergency department. If you or someone in your care has chest pains, difficulty breathing, or severe bleeding, it could be a life-threatening emergency. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number immediately.

Call ahead before you get medical care
If leaving your home for medical care, call ahead and tell the clinic you are coming in and that you just had a COVID-19 test. By calling ahead, you help the clinic, hospital, lab, urgent care or doctor’s office prepare for your visit.