The best source of up-to-date information on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in British Columbia is the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC). This document provides answers to additional questions from patients with chronic conditions.
If you are concerned about your symptoms, please see the ONLINE COVID19 SELF ASSESSMENT TOOL.
Please note that emerging reports indicate you should NOT use anti-inflammatory medications for cough/cold/flu symptoms, as these may eventually WORSEN outcomes for COVID. This means you should avoid the following medications: ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac (oral form), celecoxib (Celebrex). If you are taking any steroid medications you should consult your physician for further instructions.
If you need more information, please contact our office for instructions before coming to the clinic. You may also contact 811 or go to emergency for severe symptoms. Most people with minor symptoms should not come to the office and should self isolate at home. We are offering the option to have a video visit with your doctor instead of a face to face appointment.
We find the daily update by Dr. Bonnie Henry and Adrian Dix on CBC very informative and you can find this online. We encourage you to practice social distancing, and you can learn more about why this is so important here.
All people returning from out of country, including the USA, should self isolate at home for 2 weeks. If you have a medical concern during this time, please phone our office and discuss the best way to proceed with our staff. The BCCDC instructions for self-isolation are here.
Please note that you do not need a sick note if you need to be away from work due to illness or self-isolation.