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About COVID-19

Changes to self-isolation guidance

Starting November 17, 2022, people who have COVID-19 are no longer required to self-isolate. However, it is still important for people with symptoms to stay home as much as possible to reduce any potential spread of illness until your symptoms have improved, and you are able to participate inyour usual activities. 

We are currently updating the information below to reflect the most recent guidance. Please see BCCDC COVID-19 for the full up-to-date information. 

BCCDC COVID-19 Information

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses found mostly in animals. In humans, they can cause diseases ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV). The illness caused by the 2019 coronavirus has been named COVID-19.

With the emergence of the more transmissible Omicron variant, testing for COVID-19 is prioritized for individuals at highest risk of severe illness, those who may benefit from treatment, managing outbreaks and managing cases and clusters in high-priority settings, including in healthcare.

Before visiting a VCH testing site, please visit B.C.'s COVID-19 Self Assessment Tool to ensure you are eligible for a test. If you are not eligible for a test, information about self-monitoring and self-isolation is available on the BCCDC website.

If you have any questions contact your health care provider or call 8-1-1.

Learn more about COVID-19


COVID-19 is spread by the respiratory droplets an infected person produces when they breathe, cough, sneeze, talk, or sing. If you are in contact with an infected person, the virus can enter your body if droplets get into your throat, nose, or eyes. Droplets come in a wide range of sizes and they behave differently depending on their size. Larger droplets are heavier, and they usually fall to the ground within two meters. Smaller droplets, also known as aerosols, are lighter and they can float in the air for longer.

Learn more about how COVID-19 spreads.

Prevention and risks

As public health measures are lifted, it’s important to remember that we have many tools, such as vaccines, treatments and our own actions that can protect us from the impacts of COVID-19.

You can determine how and when to use these tools while supporting your family’s overall physical and mental health. These tools will help everyone be safer from COVID-19 and other illnesses, and they are even more important if you are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

Learn more about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in your community.


Know the symptoms of COVID-19. Symptoms of COVID-19 include new or worsening:

  • Fever or chills 

  • Cough

  • Loss of sense of smell or taste

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Sore throat

  • Loss of appetite

  • Runny nose

  • Sneezing

  • Extreme fatigue or tiredness

  • Headache

  • Body aches

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea 

What to do if you have symptoms that may be COVID-19

Self-Isolation and Self-Monitoring

Information on self-isolation and self-monitoring for people who have who tested positive for COVID-19, have symptoms of COVID-19, or who are a close contact of someone with COVID-19.


When you self-isolate, you stay home and keep away from others to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 


When you self-monitor, you check yourself daily for symptoms of COVID-19. 

Click to find more information about who needs to self-isolate or self-monitor, for how long, and how to.

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