More Than One Crisis

With COVID-19 at the fore of many people’s minds, other things can be overlooked. Unfortunately, this is seemingly the case for drug overdoses. According to Avery Haines in her article, “‘Man, I’ve seen a lot of people die’: Canada’s other health crisis,”

In the first nine months of 2020, during the first wave of the pandemic, nearly 1,700 people died from overdoses in Ontario alone. That’s a 55 per cent increase over last year. In Alberta, during that same time period, more people died from overdoses than from COVID-19. 

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Tough Decisions

“As intensive care units and hospital resources approach capacity during the second wave of COVID-19, health authorities are triaging their emergency critical care plans to decide who gets priority if there’s a surge in cases. Ontario has unveiled an emergency plan that prioritizes patients based on a clinical, unbiased assessment of their chances of survival.”

Gratitude Expressed

At this time of year, it is not uncommon to reflect on all that one has to be grateful for. Below, is an example of an individual who not only recognized what he was thankful for but made sure that the people involved knew.

Visiting at What Cost?

Visiting loved ones in long-term care facilities during COVID-19 has been difficult at best. However, accommodations and adaptations by both facilities and families/friends have been done to make “visiting” loved ones possible.

Unfortunately, the visiting-related actions of an individual in Calgary may have compromised future visits as well as the health and well-being of residents and staff. Click here to read the story.

Impact of COVID-19

While it is true that COVID-19 is affecting patients and their families, it is also having a large impact on healthcare providers. This article clearly illustrates how healthcare workers are being impacted emotionally and mentally by the covid-19 pandemic.

Missing at Conferences?

Why Do Words Matter?

Undoubtedly, there are occasions when we cannot find the right word to use, use the wrong one or are at a total loss of words. To some people and in some situations, such a word error may be seen as no big deal. However, this may not be the case, as Lorna Kay Thomas discusses in her blog post, “A Small Victory: Changing the CBC’s use of “drug abuser.”