The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other respiratory illnesses, including the flu and common cold. They include cough, sneezing, fever, sore throat and difficulty breathing.
If you have developed symptoms and have been in close contact with a returning traveller or someone known to have COVID-19, please visit our If you are Sick page.
If you think you may require medical care, call ahead to the health-care facility you are planning to visit so they can be prepared to take precautions. In an emergency, describe your symptoms, travel history and any sick contacts when you first arrive at the facility so that appropriate precautions can be taken. For more information, see our If you are Sick
Until more is understood about the virus, older people and people with a weakened immune system or underlying medical condition are considered at higher risk of severe disease.
The BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool
is available for anyone that develops and can be used to help determine if you need further assessment or testing for COVID-19.
There is still a lot we don't know about COVID-19 and there are studies underway to better understand it.
There have been a few instances of transmissions before the person became sick or the symptoms were so mild that the person did not know they were sick. However, most people became ill from being in close contact with someone who showed symptoms such as coughing and sneezing, therefore transmitting the virus through droplets. This is why B.C. health officials are focused on putting protection around people are ill and showing symptoms, in order to decrease the spread to others.