It's good that you're asking questions about the virus and its effects. Knowing what we're dealing with is the first step to keeping everyone safe. Here's some helpful info to guide you through it.
WASH YOUR HANDS WITH SOAP FOR 20 SECS
COVER UP WHEN YOU SNEEZE OR COUGH
CLEAN COMMON SURFACES AT HOME
KEEP AT LEAST 2 METRES FROM SOMEONE ELSE
DON'T TOUCH YOUR FACE WITH UNWASHED HANDS
STAY HOME AND ONLY TRAVEL FOR ESSENTIALS
UPDATES FROM THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA
UPDATES FROM THE GOVERNMENT OF BC
Visit the official COVID-19 website launched by the Government of Canada providing detailed information relating to the outbreak. This includes current travel advisories.
Visit the official COVID-19 website launched by the Government of BC providing support and information in response to the pandemic.
WHAT DO THEY MEAN?
You have no symptoms, and a possible exposure to the novel coronavirus.
You monitor yourself for symptoms and practice physical distancing. You should do this if you believe you've been exposed to an infected person, are in close contact with vulnerable people, or have been asked to do so.
You have no symptoms, and have travelled outside Canada or exposed to an infected person.
You stay home and avoid contact with other people. You must do this if you've travelled outside Canada in the last 14 days, or have been asked to do so by a Public Health Authority.
You have symptoms, and have been diagnosed or awaiting lab test results.
You stay home and avoid contact with other people until a Public Health Authority advises you that you are no longer a risk. You must do this if you have been diagnosed, are being tested, or asked to do so.
flatten the curve
Without Physical Distancing
With Physical Distancing
hospital critical care + ventilator capacity
THE CURVE + PHYSICAL DISTANCING
According to the BC CDC, physical distancing is a way that we can slow the spread of COVID-19 by limiting close contact with others. We should keep 2 metres (6 ft) apart from one another, even if we are not sick.
You can practice physical distancing by:
Limiting outside activities
Keeping distance from someone else
Minding your hands
Coughing into your elbow or sleeve
Avoiding social gatherings.