1/6 As we consider the broader impacts of #COVID19 on the health of Canadians, I am reminding everyone that it is vital to maintain health visits for you and your family. #ChronicDiseases #Vaccines #MentalHealth
2/6 This includes keeping health visits for everything from prevention & #vaccines, to #MentalHealth & chronic disease management and not delaying for immediate attention for life-threatening health & mental health concerns. #COVIDCoping
3/6 Delays in seeking urgent care for life-threatening illness like heart attack & stroke can result in immediate ↑ in death rates. Delays in chronic disease management like #diabetes care can ↑ illness & death rates down the line.
4/6 Likewise delayed or missed appointments for prevention visits, e.g. to maintain routine vaccinations for children and adults, increases the risk for infectious disease outbreaks and associated illnesses & deaths. #VaccinesWork #PublicHealth
5/6 Healthcare providers have implemented a range precautions to prevent the spread of #COVID19 & ensure patient safety, such as screening patients before appointments, staggering visit times to maintain #PhysicalDistancing