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What you need to know about COVID-19

UPDATE: The Ontario government announced that, starting June 12, social gatherings can increase to 10 people and certain public health unit regions can reopen more businesses and recreation activities. Read the OMA's plan to support the safe reopening of Ontario.

News updates from the Ontario Medical Association

OMA Podcast Episode 20: COVID-19 Contact Tracing with Dr. Chris Mackie

This episode focuses on the importance of contact tracing in stopping the spread of COVID-19 featuring Dr. Chris Mackie, the Medical Officer of Health and CEO for the Middlesex London Health Unit.

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The Golden Horseshoe and what regions can now reopen in Ontario

Parts of Ontario outside of the Golden Horseshoe are officially moving into Stage 2 of reopening with more and more businesses allowed to resume service.

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What's Trending - Caitlin speaks with Dr. Kassam

Toronto-area hospital mix-up resulted in almost 700 COVID-19 positive cases

Featuring Guest - Dr. Samantha Hill, president of the Ontario Medical Association, cardiac surgeon

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What You Need To Know - Staying Active during Covid-19

What's Trending - A Chat with Dr. Liao

What's Trending - Caitlin speaks with Dr. Liao

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Fourteen Days on the Covid Ward

I’m 32 years old and finished my medical residency two years ago. When the pandemic hit, I was put in charge of all infected non-ICU patients at Sunnybrook. What I learned will stay with me for the rest of my life.

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OMA Podcast Episode 18: Long-term care and COVID-19 with Dr. Naheed Dosani

This episode focuses on Long-term care and COVID-19, featuring Dr. Naheed Dosani, Palliative Care Physician and Medical Director, Region of Peel COVID-19 Homeless Response

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OMA Podcast Episode 17: Palliative care and COVID-19 with Dr. Naheed Dosani

This episode focuses on the importance of Palliative care and COVID-19, featuring Dr. Naheed Dosani, Palliative Care Physician and Medical Director, Region of Peel COVID-19 Homeless Response.

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OMA Podcast Episode 16: COVID-19 and Vulnerable populations with Dr. Naheed Dosani

This episode focuses on COVID-19 and disease spread in vulnerable populations, featuring Dr. Naheed Dosani, Palliative Care Physician and Medical Director, Region of Peel COVID-19 Homeless Response.

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How Family Physicians are Coping with COVID-19

Ontario's hospitals and long-term care homes are bearing the brunt of the most serious cases of COVID-19. Missed in this is how doctors and family health teams across the province are coping with patient health during a global pandemic. The Agenda looks at how doctors are handling their practices during this time.

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Ontario's Doctors post full page ad about virtual care and virtual appointments

The Ontario Medical Association has place a full page ad in the Toronto Star and Globe and Mail regarding virtual care and virtual appointments.

View or download the ad here.

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Palliative Care During a Pandemic

Many of Ontario's long-term care homes face devastation during the COVID-19 pandemic. One has lost almost half its residents to the virus. For very ill people end of life care becomes crucial. For their insights on the role palliative care can play, The Agenda welcomes Dr. Amit Arya, who specializes in long-term care and holds a joint faculty appointment in the Division of Palliative Care at McMaster University in Hamilton and the University of Toronto; and Dr. Naheed Dosani, founder and lead physician for Palliative Education and Care for the Homeless.

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Virtual Care Public Service Announcement

A Public Service Announcement (PSA) about Virtual Care

Listen to the COVID-19 Virtual Care PSA Radio Ad

View the COVID-19 Virtual Care PSA Print Ad

Taiwan's coronavirus protocol might be seen as 'extreme' to Canadians, but it works

Let’s face it, from the first appearance of COVID-19, Canada has been in a better position than our large neighbour to the south—better prepared, better resourced and better organized. But our cases and accompanying deaths are still rising exponentially, while citizens are still hunkered down in basement bunkers, and the economy is in a steep nosedive. 

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CBC goes inside Toronto hospital to show the fight against COVID-19

You've likely seen the videos on social media: exhausted doctors and nurses pleading with the public to stay inside, to limit the spread of COVID-19 and avoid overwhelming hospitals. 

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Hockey star Hayley Wickenheiser launches PPE drive in Toronto amid COVID-19 pandemic

Hayley Wickenheiser can't believe how quickly her drive for personal protection equipment has come together.

The Canadian hockey legend, Ontario premier Doug Ford and an army of volunteers joined forces at a storage facility in Toronto on Saturday to collect, organize and then distribute badly needed medical equipment to front-line workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Dr. Lisa Salamon: Postpone preventative health screenings

Dr. Lisa Salamon: Understanding care priorities

I’m a healthy millennial. Getting COVID-19 was so much worse than I expected

The text came mid-morning as I was getting ready to start work from home on a Tuesday.

A friend had flu-like symptoms: dry cough, sore throat, muscle aches. She was sitting in a COVID-19 assessment centre waiting to be tested.

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Family doctors warn lack of face masks could force end to in-person visits

Family doctors are warning they’ll have to stop doing in-person examinations if they can’t get more face masks to protect themselves, staff and patients from potential transmission of COVID-19.

The shortage of protective equipment — also plaguing hospitals where masks are often rationed to two a day — could ironically put more pressure on emergency rooms at a time when they are preparing for a coronavirus surge.

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Should you shame friends into cancelling their vacations? (And 17 other urgent questions)

Should you attend religious gatherings? Should children visit their grandparents? Should you go to a restaurant? An infectious disease specialist weighs in.

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Coronavirus: Should I disinfect groceries before bringing them into the house?

As the novel coronavirus continues to sweep across the country, grocery shopping has become one of the most nerve-wracking — yet necessary — activities for Canadians.  With the worry of bringing COVID-19 into the home, many Canadians are asking - Should I disinfect groceries before bringing them into the house?

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New data: Middle-aged Canadians most likely to catch COVID-19, so far

A federal government breakdown of COVID-19 cases across Canada shows that middle-aged people are catching the disease in the highest numbers.

Children and teens are by far the least likely to catch it — or at least they are testing positive in the lowest numbers, which could also mean that fewer in this age group are being tested.

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That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief

Some of the HBR edit staff met virtually the other day — a screen full of faces in a scene becoming more common everywhere. We talked about the content we’re commissioning in this harrowing time of a pandemic and how we can help people. But we also talked about how they were feeling.

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OMA Podcast Episode 15: Coronavirus Q&A with Dr. Frank Sommers

A special episode answering patient’s questions about mental health and COVID-19 featuring Dr. Frank Sommers, a Toronto psychiatrist.

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Recovering COVID-19 patient describes what it was like to have the virus

David Anzarouth knew it could happen to anyone but never thought it would happen to him.

The fit 25-year-old living in Toronto didn't worry about taking his vacation to South Beach in Miami, Fla., in early March.

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COVID-19: London-area man in 20s in hospital, Ontario cases rise by 170 in a day

New cases in Ontario soared to 858 Thursday, a 170-case increase from the day before and its highest single-day jump since the pandemic began. The total includes eight resolved cases and 15 deaths.

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Canada's Chief Health Officer Warns That The Coronavirus Doesn't Care How Young You Are

Nobody is invincible. That’s the message that Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer wanted to share on Thursday. In a press conference, Dr. Theresa Tam warned Canada's youths that they are “not immune” to the novel coronavirus, as cases of COVID-19 in young people continue to be diagnosed across the country.

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Staying safe when buying essentials

As most of us (with the exception of essential service workers) hunker down at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19, there will be times we need to go pick up essential items. In some cases, these items can be dropped off to us.

But how do we do that safely?

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Why You Shouldn't Go To Your Friend's House While Social Distancing

We get it: You’re bored at home this weekend and would love to see your friends or family members that live nearby, especially given how stressed you are in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. You’re just one person, visiting a person or a handful of people you’re close to; how much could it hurt?

A lot, in fact. Health experts urge you: Out of an abundance of caution, stay home.

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When does social distancing end? These graphs show where we’re heading and why

With schools closed, public events cancelled, entertainment venues shuttered and many people either not working or working from home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of Canadians are now living with the reality of social distancing.

But with the number of confirmed cases across the country topping 1,000 Friday, it’s clear that for decision makers, this was the easy part. Faced with a population that has no immunity to the virus, growing evidence that the virus can be spread without symptoms, and a lack of vaccines or treatments, the only option to lessen the impact of the pandemic is to drastically reduce opportunities for human contact.

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OMA President interview on Zoomer TV

OMA President Dr. Sohail Gandhi was on Zoomer TV to discuss COVID-19.

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OMA Podcast Episode 13: Coronavirus Q&A with Infectious Disease Doctor Isaac Bogoch

A special episode answering patient’s questions about COVID-19. Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an Infectious Diseases Specialist at Toronto General Hospital, working in travel and tropical medicine.

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Is ibuprofen safe? A toolkit for COVID-19

Fever and dry cough are the most common initial symptoms of COVID-19, not, as many might think, a runny nose or cold.

With coronavirus at the top of our minds these days, it’s easy to assume anyone with cough, fever, sore throat, or any muscle aches could have the novel coronavirus. But in fact, for the vast majority of people, these symptoms will most likely be the result of a cold, or influenza B (the flu), which is still going around this time of year. And whether you have a cold, the flu or COVID-19, the things we can do to increase our comfort with each of these are pretty much the same.

“The treatments are very similar because the symptoms you get [with COVID-19] are virtually identical,” says Dr. Sohail Gandhi, president of the Ontario Medical Association. “Fever, cough, and muscle aches are very similar and the course of illness is also mostly identical: rest, fluids, and Tylenol are the important things to do.”

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Doctors and nurses are on the front lines of the war against COVID-19. They’re digging in for a long fight

The doctor has never done this before. He does anesthetic, and has worked in emergency, in addition to teaching individual event crisis medicine, in addition to a lot of things. He is a good doctor.

Now he is trying to figure out how to keep himself and the hospital and its front-line workers safe, because when you intubate someone who has coronavirus — inserting a tube down their throat so they can breathe — the virus becomes airborne.

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