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News updates from the Ontario Medical Association

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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OMA Podcast Episode 14: Coronavirus Q&A with OMA President Dr. Soahil Gandhi

A special episode answering patient’s questions about COVID-19 featuring Dr. Soahil Gandhi OMA President and a family medicine physician in Stayner, Ontario.

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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Coping with COVID-19 during March Break

Trip cancelled?

Home with the kids during what was suppose to be an action-packed March Break?

All is not lost.

After all, Shakespeare wrote King Lear when he was quarantined during the plague. Some good can come out of this.

Here’s some suggestions while we all try to flatten the coronavirus curve.

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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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Your next visit to a doctor may not be face to face. Ontario shifting to virtual-first model in bid to halt spread of COVID-19

Family doctors across Ontario are rapidly transitioning to a “virtual-first” care model as a way to halt the spread of COVID-19 in their offices and waiting rooms.

Starting this week, most doctors will talk to patients on the phone, by video conference or through email as a first-step to determine who needs to come to the office for an in-person appointment.

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