What you Need to Know About the Virus

The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other respiratory illnesses, including the flu and common cold.

Symptoms include:

  • Cough

  • Sneezing

  • Fever

  • Sore throat

  • Difficulty breathing


Who should be tested for COVID-19?

At this time, any physician or nurse practitioner can order a test for COVID-19 based on their clinical judgment. Testing should be focused on individuals for whom the results will change the clinical care they receive or the public health management of their case.

B.C. is currently testing those with new respiratory or gastro-intestinal symptoms who are:

  1. Residents and staff of long term care facilities 

  2. Patients requiring hospitalization, or likely to be hospitalized including pregnant individuals in their 3rd trimester, patients on hemodialysis, or cancer patients receiving radiation or chemotherapy.

  3. Part of an investigation of a cluster or outbreak.


COVID-19 testing is also recommended for individuals with a fever and a new (or worsening) cough or shortness of breath who are:

  • Health Care Workers 

  • Residents of remote, isolated or Indigenous communities

  • People living and working in congregate settings such as work-camps, correctional facilities, shelters, group homes, assisted living and seniors’ residences

  • People who are homeless or have unstable housing

  • Essential service providers (e.g. first responders)

  • Returning travellers identified at a point of entry to Canada. 


Who does not need to be tested for COVID-19?​

If an individual has no symptoms or is a contact of a confirmed case returning traveler and isolating at home, they do not require a test. This group can be managed at home.


This information is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment of any health condition or problem. If you have or suspect you are experiencing a medical emergency, dial 911 or visit a hospital Emergency Department in your area. Reliance on any information provided by Burnaby Division of Family Practice appearing on or provided in relation to this website is solely at your own risk. Burnaby Division of Family Practice disclaims any warranty or liability arising from or in connection with the use of this website or any other website to which this site is linked. Your use of third-party websites is at your own risk and subject to the terms and conditions of use for such sites. The information is supplied "as is", "as available" and may contain errors. Health-related information changes frequently and therefore information contained on this website may be outdated, incomplete or incorrect.

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