What You Need to Know

Who Should Get Tested

Testing is currently recommended for all individuals with new symptoms compatible with COVID-19, however mild. COVID-19 symptoms are similar to those of the common cold and other respiratory infections. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever, Chills, Cough (or exacerbation of chronic cough)Shortness of breath, Sore throat, Loss of sense of smell or taste, Loss of appetite, Headache, Muscle aches, Fatigue, Runny nose, Nausea and vomiting, Diarrhea

Less common symptoms of COVID-19 infection include:

  • Stuffy nose, Conjunctivitis (Pink eye), Dizziness, Confusion, Abdominal pain, Skin rashes or discoloration of fingers or toes.

​Who Doesn't Need to be Tested​

Individuals without symptoms compatible with COVID-19 are not recommended for testing unless they have been referred by a physician or nurse practitioner or are part of a Public Health Investigation.

Frequently Asked Eligibility Questions

  •  I don't have symptoms, but I've had contact (e.g. bar, restaurant, party, etc.) with a confirmed COVID-19 case, can I be tested?

Due to limited testing capacity, tests are currently limited to symptomatic individuals. However, if you've had any COVID-19 symptoms in the last 14 days, you are eligible for testing.

  • I don't have symptoms, but I've had close contact (e.g. household, close working proximity, etc.) with a confirmed COVID-19 case, can I be tested?

Due to limited testing capacity, tests are currently limited to symptomatic individuals. Because of your close contact however, you are advised to self-isolate for 14 days from the time of your exposure. In a shared household, this would be 14 days from the time that the COVID-19+ case in your household developed symptoms.

  • I don't have symptoms, but I'm a healthcare worker/first-responder and I’ve had close contact (e.g. household, close working proximity) with a confirmed COVID-19 case, can I be tested?

Self-isolate until Public Health contacts you regarding your next steps

 

​I've Tested Negative

  • If you haven't had exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 case, you are advised to self-isolate until your symptoms resolve.

  • If you've had exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 case, you are advised to self-isolate for 10 days from the onset of your symptoms or 14 days from the time of your exposure; whichever is longer.​

  • If you are a healthcare worker/first-responder, self isolate until Public Health contacts you regard your next steps.

​I've Tested Positive

  • Self-isolate for 10 days from the onset of your symptoms and until symptoms have resolved; whichever is longer. If one of your symptoms is fever, it must resolve without the use of fever-reducing medication.

Monitor Your Health​​

  • Regardless of your diagnosis, monitor your health and watch for worsening symptoms. Call HealthLinkBC at 8-1-1 at any time to talk with a nurse about your health and your possible next steps.

  • Seek urgent medical care at an urgent care clinic or emergency department if you have difficulty breathing or difficulty drinking.  Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number immediately if you have difficulty breathing, chest pain, or sever bleeding; it may be a life-threatening emergency.


Stay Safe

PREVENTION

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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