The global situation regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve on a daily basis. Thankfully the transmission risk level in BC and the Yukon remains low at this time, but here are some basic steps you can take to protect yourself, and ideas on how businesses can protect their staff:
What you can do to protect yourself:
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, don’t touch your face and cover your cough or sneeze.
- Monitor yourself for symptoms, including cough, sneezing, fever, sore throat and difficulty breathing.
- Call the public health line at 8-1-1 if you have symptoms, particularly if you have recently travelled abroad.
- Stay home when you are sick.
How employers can protect their employees and customers:
- Stay on top of the latest communication by reputable global health authorities and keep staff informed of any changes and updates.
- Keep employees informed with regular updates.
- If the virus does become more wide spread in our region, consider the potential impacts to your company (e.g., staffing shortages, supply shortages, management of medical waste, etc.)
- Consider implementing a business continuity/response plan to address risks associated with COVID-19. The BC Health Authority has prepared a specific COVID-19 pandemic response plan in the event that the virus becomes more widespread, and they also have a number of influenza response planning tools and resources available.
The latest information on COVID-19 is available through the following links:
- Vancouver Coastal Health / Fraser Health Authority
- BC Centre for Disease Control
- Public Health Agency of Canada
- World Health Organization
- Canada travel notices and advisories