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
6/6 In some cases, virtual appointments may be available. Speak with your health care provider to see what options are available for you and your family to safely have your health needs met. #COVID19 #COVIDCoping
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