We need every British Columbian to participate in preventing the spread of this virus. Everyone plays a part.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19: fever, new cough, and difficulty breathing – you should immediately self-isolate for 14 days and limit your contact with others.
Check out the symptom self-assessment tool for help determining if you might need further assessment or testing for COVID-19.
Looking after your mental health
It’s normal to feel anxious during uncertain times. It is important to keep your anxiety in check to avoid all-consuming negative and unproductive thinking. Unchecked, anxiety can also lead to behaviours such as stockpiling that results in empty shelves, or seeking unnecessary medical care at the potential expense of others in need. Take time for yourself and take care of your mental health:
- Take breaks from social media
- Help others if you can
- Ensure you are getting good nutrition, sleep and exercise
- Connect with family and friends in a way that keeps you and others well, such as through telephone or video calls
If you are noticing signs of increasing mental health or substance use concerns, please call your primary care provider or 811. If you need immediate mental health assistance call the Interior Health Crisis Line 1-888-353-2273. For more information, read this article by the Canadian Mental Health Association.
- Canadian Mental Health Association: COVID-19 Mental Health & Well-Being
- Centres for Disease Control: Manage anxiety and stress
- First Nations health authority: Mental wellness and substance use
- First Nations and Aboriginal specific crisis line available 24/7
- Toll-free: 1-800-588-8717
- Youth Line: 250-723-2040
- Adult Line: 250-723-4050
Want to know more? check out: Know the facts about COVID-19.
You can also visit BCCDC.ca for the most up-to-date information and prevention tips.
If you or members of your family require information over the telephone, please call 1-888-COVID19 (268-4319).