The World Health Organization has declared the novel coronavirus a global health emergency; however, the B.C. Provincial Health Officer is advising that the risk is low within British Columbia and all necessary precautions are being taken to prevent the spread of infection.
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
There is a link to the Government of Canada Travel Health Notice regarding the novel coronavirus, which provides good information about the current travel advisory.
A link to the BC Centre for Disease Control is also provided, which is an official source of information about the novel coronavirus.
Public Health officials advise that our risk is very low and the best protection is to wash hands regularly.