College of





of British Columbia

Coronavirus Introduction

Jan 30, 2020

As has been widely reported, the New/Novel Coronavirus, named 2019-nCoV, is still largely confined to China’s Hubei Province, and Wuhan City, specifically. It has spread to other countries, including Canada and BC, and has just today been declared a global health emergency by the WHO. This designation helps the WHO mobilize financial and political support to contain the outbreak.

Symptoms associated with the New Coronavirus are much like those experienced with other respiratory illnesses and include fever, dry cough, sore throat and headache. Most cases are considered mild to moderate with some experiencing more severe illness with shortness of breath and difficulty breathing.

At the current time, the risk to British Columbians and Canadians is still considered low. BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), and both provincial and federal authorities are monitoring the situation closely. We want to provide the public, as well as our registrants and partners with the most current information available.

Registrants and the public can find up-to-date information related to the New Coronavirus on the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) website:

Health care professionals and public health partners can find information suited to their needs here: 


For the public, information including symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention is available here: