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Last updated: November 17, 2022
Use the form below to suggest a question about communicable diseases and current health topics for our team to answer. Our team reviews suggested questions for common themes and answers frequently asked questions. You will not receive a direct response to your question. 

Please do not submit personal health questions. You will not receive a direct response to your question. If you require personal health advice, please call 8-1-1. 

We suggest reviewing the questions below before submitting a new question.

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About COVID-19

It is possible to get COVID-19 more than once. Even with the same variant. Vaccination reduces the risk of contracting COVID-19 but it is most effective at preventing serious illness.

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Some people reported changes to their menstrual cycle following vaccination and studies are ongoing. Many factors can impact the menstrual cycle including a COVID-19 infection. Other vaccines have not impacted the menstrual cycle. 


Learn more.

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If you have COVID-19

You should contact your care provider to let them know that you have tested positive. Most pregnant people with COVID can manage their symptoms at home. If you are struggling to manage your symptoms or have serious concerns. Call your care provider for guidance.

Learn the correct rapid antigen test technique with our video. It is important to swab correctly to reduce the risk of invalid or false-negative results.

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This information will help you feed your baby safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Wash your hands before and after holding your baby, breastfeeding/preparing infant formula and feeding your baby
  • Wear a mask while you have symptoms (e.g., cough, sore throat, fever, sneezing).  Masks are not recommended for children under two years old. For more information see our Masks page.
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces often
  • Wash and disinfect all infant feeding supplies carefully after each use. Learn more here.
  • Stay connected with support persons while practicing physical distancing and avoid others who are unwell
  • Limit the number of people who feed your baby
Information for families who are breastfeeding and provide expressed breast milk

Currently, health experts have not found COVID-19 in human milk. If you are breastfeeding or feeding your child expressed milk, continue to do so as often as possible. 

You can find more information on how to safely breastfeed your baby and/or young child during COVID-19 here

Information for families who use infant formula

For families who have made an informed decision to use infant formula, continue to safely prepare and store infant formula as described on the product label.

You can find more information on how to safely feed your baby during COVID-19 if you are using or thinking about using infant formula here

Reach out to local health care providers for any urgent concerns, or call 8-1-1 to speak with a nurse or dietitian at HealthLink BC.


Most people with COVID-19 feel better within two weeks. Some people take longer to feel better. If you have lingering symptoms of COVID-19 visit the Post-COVID-19 Care & Recovery page.

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Treatments

In BC most eligible people with COVID-19 who are not in hospital will be given Paxlovid which is an antiviral medication given as pills. Some people may receive other treatments if their care provider decides that they will work better for them. Find more information on treatments.


Vaccines

The COVID-19 vaccine can be given at the same time as other childhood vaccinations, including the flu or HPV vaccine. You do not need to delay any vaccines.


Learn more about children and COVID-19 vaccination.

There is a very strict process for vaccine testing and approval to ensure they are safe for children, read about the steps here.


BC tracks vaccine reactions, aka adverse events following immunization, through the immunization surveillance system.


Health care providers report reactions and public health investigates them.


Learn more about vaccine safety and effectiveness.

 

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Social Interactions and Travel

If your child does not have any symptoms they can continue to attend school. Everyone in the household should be monitored for COVID-19 symptoms and stay home if they develop symptoms until they feel better. ‎

 

If you test positive while away, follow any local public health guidelines for self-isolation.


Learn more about requirements and restrictions for international travel.


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