Novel Coronavirus FAQs
Information for the Camosun College community
Updated: Feb. 5, 2020
What is novel coronavirus?
The BC Centre for Disease Control advises a new coronavirus (novel coronavirus) is causing respiratory infections. The first case of novel coronavirus in B.C. was announced on Jan. 28, 2020.
The latest information is available at the BC Centre for Disease Control website.
What is Camosun College doing?
The health and wellbeing of students and staff remains the priority of Camosun College. Camosun College is in close contact with Island Health to keep updated with the latest information on the novel coronavirus situation. We will continue to work with our partners to respond and inform our community of any positive reports immediately.
What can I do to help prevent the virus from spreading?
Public health advice:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub to clean your hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve.
- Dispose of tissues appropriately.
- Avoid contact with people who have symptoms of a respiratory illness.
- Stay home if you are experiencing symptoms.
What are the symptoms of novel coronavirus?
- Difficulty breathing
What should I do if I feel sick or suspect I may have novel coronavirus?
If you are concerned you may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of, novel coronavirus please phone your primary-care provider, local public health office or call 8-1-1 for free health information and advice. Tell them your symptoms, where you have been travelling or living, and if you’ve had close contact with a sick person, especially if they have had a fever, cough or difficulty breathing.
Note: We all play a role in dispelling rumours that may lead to discrimination. Only people who are experiencing symptoms may transmit an illness; it is not related to race or ethnicity.
What happens if I miss classes or work due to illness?
- Students – Please contact your (School Office and/or instructor) if you are absent for reasons of illness in order to discuss your options.
- Employees – Please contact your supervisor, manager, chair, director or dean immediately if you are absent for reasons of illness and follow your normal sick leave protocol as per your contract.
Will you close the campus if there is a confirmed case in Victoria?
Camosun College will follow the lead and direction of local and provincial public health officials.
Is there a vaccine?
There is no vaccine available to protect against this new disease.
Camosun College will continue to update this FAQ page if new information becomes available.
- BC Centre for Disease Control
- Public Health Agency of Canada
- World Health Organization
- Travel & Tourism Canada
Last updated: February 5, 2020 12:38 pm