Human coronaviruses are common and are typically associated with mild illnesses, similar to the common cold. The new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It has the possibility to cause severe respiratory infections in some people.
Most people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms. Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure. Many people are presenting with cold or flu-like symptoms such as fever or cough. Severe cases may have difficulty breathing. Risk of severe disease may be higher for older adults, people with chronic disease (for example: diabetes, cancer, heart, renal, or chronic lung disease), and those with weakened immune systems.
If you are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, isolate yourself from others and book a virtual appointment or phone appointment with your health care provider. Let them know if you have travelled in the last 14 days or been exposed to someone that has travelled during that time. If your symptoms become severe, call 9-1-1.
Please visit https://covid19.thrive.health/ for up-to-date recommendations for who should be tested and how to arrange for testing if needed.
Right now, there is no specific treatment for most people with COVID-19. Your health care provider may recommend steps you can take to relieve symptoms and prevent the spread to others.
Yes. Both the BC Centre for Disease Control ( http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19 ) and Island Health (https://www.islandhealth.ca/learn-about-health/diseases-conditions/novel-coronavirus-information ) are great resources for up-to-date information about COVID-19.
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak , all physicians at WCFMC are now offering virtual appointments. You can book either a virtual (video) appointment or a phone appointment with your regular physician. If your doctor feels that you need to be assessed in person, an in-person follow-up appointment will be arranged. Prescriptions, lab work, and other investigations will be arranged as appropriate.
Yes. In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are temporarily offering virtual appointments in our Urgent Care Clinic. You will need Internet access and a device with a camera and microphone (smartphone/tablet/ computer) to participate.
If you feel that you need to be seen in-person (for example: acute injury requiring treatment), please CALL our office to book. 250-642-4233.
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