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Jul 18, 2020 8 tweets 5 min read Read on X
1/8 #COVID19 key concerns in 🇨🇦: Today, in lieu of a daily in-person update to the media, a Saturday statement has been issued. You can read in full here:…
2/8 Despite the widespread acceptance and everyday practice of #publichealth measures – #handwashing, #physicaldistancing + wearing a mask in crowded places - it is possible that you or somebody you know will test positive for #COVID19.
3/8 This is nothing to be ashamed about. We are #StrongerTogether & the best way to get through this is to support each other & recognize that nobody wants to be sick or wants to spread the virus in their community.…
4/8 Be aware of #COVID19 symptoms. The most common include: fever, cough, & shortness of breath, fatigue, loss of appetite & loss of smell or taste. Less common symptoms include, but are not limited to, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting & muscle aches.…
5/8 Also, people without symptoms may be infected with the virus. If you think you have been exposed to the virus, stay home and contact local #publichealth for advice on next steps, including when and how to seek testing.
6/8 If you have symptoms, stay home & away from others, even if you’re only mildly ill. Contact local #publichealth to determine how to proceed to get tested. People who get tested are protecting those around them.
7/8 People who test positive for #COVID19 are helping prevent further spread by staying home in isolation & helping local #publichealth officials to trace contacts.
8/8 Friends, families, and employers and employees alike need to support each other so we can continue to track #COVID19 transmission and keep it under control. #StoptheStigma

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Dec 15, 2022
1/4 Co-circulation of #COVID19, #influenza & #RSV viruses is causing significant strain on health care systems. Very young & elderly people and those with pre-existing medical conditions, continue to be at highest risk for serious illness.…
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1/4 Today, as co-chairs of the Special Advisory Committee on the Epidemic of #OpioidOverdoses, Dr. Yves Léger and I are releasing the latest national data on the #OverdoseCrisis.…
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(1/5) Today, Canada’s Chief Medical Officers of Health are reinforcing the importance of staying up to date with vaccines to maintain protection against COVID-19 and other vaccine preventable diseases…
(2/5) We are also celebrating the collaboration and efforts of jurisdictions, Indigenous partners, healthcare workers, individuals and communities. Our continued collective efforts will be integral to our emergence from this pandemic.
(3/5) With #COVID19Vaccines now available to anyone 6 months or older, staying up to date means getting a primary series and then #BoosterDoses when you are eligible, recognizing jurisdictions’ programs may differ based on epidemiology and programmatic considerations.
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1/5 Today, the COVID-19 Immunity Task Force (CITF) announced seroprevalence results from 21 studies funded by the Government of Canada, estimating the level of infection during the Omicron wave up to the end of May 2022.…
2/5 Antibodies to certain blood proteins known as “nucleocapsids” only develop in those who’ve been infected. So detecting their presence in blood (seroprevalence) is a way to estimate the proportion of people with past #SARSCoV2 infection.
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May 11, 2022
1/5 The Public Health Agency of Canada is aware that @SickKidsNews has reported cases of acute hepatitis of unknown origin in children to @ONTHealth. This is a relatively rare condition that does occur in Canada. In many cases, an underlying cause cannot be found.
2/5 Information on these and other cases is being further reviewed by health authorities. Those that meet the case definition will be reported to @GovCanHealth to be included in the national investigation.
3/5 We do not know if we are seeing an increase in the number of cases of acute hepatitis of unknown cause in children. More information is needed to assess the situation and any potential risks to people in Canada.
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1/5 #COVID19 key concerns 🇨🇦 : as public health measures have eased and we resume more activities and connections, other serious infectious diseases, such as influenza and measles, are making a comeback.…
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