Communicable Disease Prevention

Help Prevent the Spread

We can all take steps to prevent the spread of communicable diseases and help keep our community healthy. 

A communicable disease is an illness that can be transmitted from one person to another, such as coronavirus, hepatitis A, norovirus, influenza, measles, meningococcal meningitis, mumps, rubella or tuberculosis.

Following a few simple practices can help protect the health of others:

  • Stay home if you are sick.

  • Don’t touch your face.

  • Wash or sanitize your hands frequently.

  • Routinely clean and disinfect surfaces.

  • Respect personal space.

  • Be considerate of people.

If You're Sick

If you have been diagnosed with a communicable disease or think you might have contracted one:

  • Stay up to date on public health guidelines at the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC).

BCCDC Guidelines 2023

  • Seek medical attention from your primary caregiver.

  • Stay home or in your residence room and avoid close contact with others.

  • Do not return to class until you've been cleared to do so by a healthcare professional or for 24 hours after symptoms abate.

  • Notify your instructors, supervisor and people you're in close contact with.

  • Don't travel when sick, unless you've been cleared to do so by a healthcare professional.

  • Use antibiotics and antivirals appropriately and exactly as prescribed for the full duration of the prescription. Do not self-medicate or share medications with others.

For more information, read our Communicable Disease Plan.

Communicable Disease Plan