Novel Coronavirus Update

Female Indian physician communication with male patients

As you may be aware, a new type of coronavirus has been most recently detected, in the Wuhan Hubei province of China, sickening hundreds and killing 17 persons. Cases have arisen in several countries, while the closest confirmed case was a traveller to Wuhan whose symptoms appeared as he arrived home in Washington State. Vancouver Coastal Health is  saying local medical officers are monitoring the situation and that “the risk to the general public, including school-age children, is very low.”

While most coronaviruses cause mild to moderate symptoms, the newer viruses have been known to be of higher risk for serious illness or death. Children, the elderly, and persons with immuno compromised conditions are at the highest of risk, contracting the virus by way of another sick person’s cough or sneeze. Some viruses may be contracted from touching an infected surface.

While Columbia College awaits further directive from the Canadian Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Medical Health Officers, we would like to request all persons follow the Centre for Disease Control directive detailed below:

“ Anyone concerned they may have been exposed to or are experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus should contact or see a physician or call 811. Symptoms include:

  *   Fever
  *   Cough
  *   Headache
  *   Chest Tightness
  *   Difficulty breathing ( Lower respiratory /Lungs )

CDC advice for remaining healthy:

  *   Avoid contact with sick people, animal markets, uncooked meats or wild animals.
  *   Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

If you are ill;

Call 811 and contact a doctor’s office if you feel sick with fever, cough or difficulty breathing ( lungs )

  *   Do not travel or attend school or work while sick
  *   Cover your mouth and nose with tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

For further updates, please find attached a notice from Vancouver Coastal Health.

Thank you,
Columbia College