My mum was vaccinated at Toronto Congress Centre today. We were all excited and relieved; but I have been horrified to hear about her experience. I’m now fearful that today she was put at a higher risk of being exposed to #COVID19 than at any other point in this pandemic
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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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“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.”
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.
ICUs where I work (Peel region) are 80% occupied by people with respiratory failure from COVID— Brooks Fallis (@BrooksFallis) December 26, 2020
Most are 50 to early 70s & were perfectly healthy & living normal lives prior to getting COVID
If you think this disease only kills frail & elderly people you have not seen much COVID
Given the reality of COVID-19, many people will be spending the holidays alone this year. Below is an article that provides some ways to cope when you are feeling lonely. https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/alone-during-the-holidays-how-to-cope-when-you-re-feeling-lonely-1.5215803
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.
This woman’s recent actions have brought her much recognition. (Admittedly, this is not apt to be the kind of recognition she was hoping to generate.) Kudos to the Fabricland employee who handled the situation calmly and tactfully.
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