It is also important to note that the federal government is urging all Canadians to practice physical distancing. The COVID-19 situation is changing quickly and the Minister of Health and the Provincial Health Officer are making regular joint statements on this topic, which are available here. You can hear audio recordings of the joint press conferences on the BC Government’s SoundCloud Account.
The World Health Organization has published a document titled Considerations for the provision of essential oral health services. The document speaks to ventilation in oral health care facilities as follows:“Adequate ventilation in oral health care facilities reduces the risk of transmission in closed settings. According to the type of ventilation available (mechanical or natural), increase ventilation and airflow (door closed, adequate exhaust ventilation, negative pressure or mechanically ventilated equivalent air exchange capacity in room where possible - an average of 6-12 air exchanges per hour)
The provincial government has created a dedicated phone service to provide non-medical information about COVID-19 (travel recommendations, social distancing, access to support and resources from the provincial and federal governments.)
British Columbians can reach service representatives seven days a week, from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., by calling 1 888 COVID19. Information is available in more than 110 languages.