The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other respiratory illnesses including the flu and common cold. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 include:
- Fever (see below)
- Cough or worsening of chronic cough
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Loss of sense of smell or taste
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Muscle aches
While less common, symptoms can also include:
- Stuffy nose
- Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
- Dizziness, confusion
- Abdominal pain
- Skin rashes or discoloration of fingers or toes.
Fever: Average normal body temperature taken orally is about 37°C. For more on normal body temperature and fevers, see HealthLinkBC’s information for children age 11 and younger and for people age 12 and older. Infants less than three months of age who have a fever should be assessed by a health care provider.
Children have similar symptoms to adults, but are less likely to have fever, shortness of breath or cough. COVID-19 causes mild illness in the majority of cases in children.
COVID-19 symptoms can range from mild to severe. Sometimes people with COVID-19 have mild illness, but their symptoms may suddenly worsen in a few days.
There’s an app available for Self-Assessment if you have any symptoms:
If you need testing, call 1-844-901-8442 to make an appointment.
These are 2 testing stations on the Peninsula that you may be sent to:
2170 Mt. Newton X Road, Saanichton,BC
1947 Cook Street, Victoria,BC
Here is the link for EI sickness benefits – please see the highlights below.
There is a 1 week waiting period. You need 2 things for your application – a medical certificate and a ROE
You must get a medical certificate to show that you’re unable to work for medical reasons. Medical reasons include illness, injury, quarantine or any medical condition that prevents you from working
The information below should be used as a guideline. We encourage you to apply for benefits as soon as possible and let a Service Canada agent determine if you’re eligible.
You need to demonstrate that:
- you’re unable to work for medical reasons
- your regular weekly earnings from work have decreased by more than 40% for at least one week
- you accumulated 600 insured hours* of work in the 52 weeks before the start of your claim or since the start of your last claim, whichever is shorter Temporary COVID-19 relief
While you’re receiving sickness benefits, you must remain available for work if it weren’t for your medical condition
Apply as soon as possible after you stop working. If you wait more than 4 weeks after your last day of work to apply, you may lose benefits.