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Parents, caregivers and children across the country are facing new challenges as the COVID-19 pandemic affects our daily work and home routines. Schools, daycares and most workplaces have closed, and children and parents are suddenly at home full-time.
While diseases can make anyone sick, some Canadians are more at risk of getting an infection and developing severe complications due to their health, social and economic circumstances. Organizations, staff and volunteers play an important role in helping to prevent these populations from getting or spreading the COVID-19 virus. Start by sharing simple things they can do to help keep themselves and others healthy, guide them to help if they develop any signs and symptoms and learn ways help care for sick clients recovering from COVID-19.
HESA February 26 - President of PHAC appeared with the Vice-President of Logistics and Operations
What you, and what communities can do to lower the spread of COVID-19 in settings including social services, workplaces, outdoors, community, religious, transport and remote and Indigenous communities.
The World Health Organization (WHO) refers to symptoms lasting for weeks or months after a COVID-19 infection as post COVID-19 condition. Some studies have reported later symptoms in patients with a severe COVID-19 infection. For example, those who were hospitalized or needed intensive care during recovery. However, post COVID-19 condition may also occur for people with mild or asymptomatic infection who were asked to isolate at home during the infectious phase.
COVID-19 is an illness caused by a coronavirus. Human coronaviruses are common and are typically associated with mild illnesses, similar to the common cold.
Since the novel coronavirus emerged, the Public Health Agency of Canada and provincial and territorial public health authorities have been working together to ensure a coordinated approach to slow the spread of the virus and to reduce its impacts on our population—especially the most vulnerable—and on our health system.
Many potential drugs and treatments for use against COVID-19 are being evaluated in Canada and around the world. Several different types of treatments have been developed.
Canada's health system is ready to respond to cases that arise in Canada, but it is important that individuals and communities are ready if there is widespread illness here at home.