Colds, coughs and flus

Complete the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool to check if you should get tested.

When to See a Doctor

Even though we are in the midst of a global pandemic, cold and flu viruses also still exist. Complete the COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool to determine if you need testing. The BCCDC recommends anyone with cold and flu-like symptoms to get tested.

If you are COVID-negative, cold and flu symptoms can last between 2 and 14 days.  Most colds, coughs and flus are self-limiting and symptoms will go away within this time with rest and self care. Antibiotics are not needed to treat these viral infections. 

Call the clinic to book a virtual appointment if you are worried you are getting worse. Here are some reasons to see a doctor:

  • High, prolonged fever (above 102 F or 39 C) with fatigue and body aches

  • Symptoms that last longer than 14 days or get worse

  • Trouble breathing or shortness of breath

  • Chest pain or pressure

  • Fainting or feeling like you are going to faint

  • Confusion or disorientation

  • Severe or persistent vomiting

  • Severe sinus pain in your face or forehead


Health Tips

  • Get an annual flu shot (check with SFU Health & Counselling or Immunize BC for clinic locations). Note: flu shots do not immunize against cold viruses or coronavirus

  •  Avoid contact with those who are displaying flu or cold symptoms

  • Stay home if you are sick and practice self care (see section on Home Treatment)

    • This includes: plenty of rest, extra fluids to stay hydrated, avoid smoking, breathe moist air from a hot shower to clear a stuffy nose, non-prescription cough and cold medications, like Advil or Tylenol Cold and Sinus, cough drops, or cough syrup

  • Don’t share cups or utensils with other people

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

  • Practice proper hygiene and proper hand washing, especially before eating

  • Follow proper cough/sneeze etiquette

Concerned About Your Symptoms?

You can call the BC Health Line at 1-888-COVID19 or text 1-888-268-4319 to talk to a nurse for more information about what you should do.

If you believe you have come in contact with the COVID-19 and are ill, please call the clinic first before coming in.  We will ask you to put on a mask on arrival, in order to decrease the risk of spreading it to others. 

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