As the pandemic graph is attaining the highest grade day by day, the Canadian government has assigned the Public Health Agency of Canada to monitor the epidemic curve with more stringent measures. Recently the Public Healthy agency of Canada announced that they are tracking a range of epidemiological indicators to monitor where the disease is most active, where it is spreading and how it is impacting the health of Canadians and public health, laboratory and healthcare capacity. Along with this they also made a transparent analysis of the pandemic cases so far in Canada.
Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 747,383 cases of COVID-19, including 19,094 deaths reported in Canada; these cumulative numbers tell us about the overall burden of COVID-19 illness to date. Though many areas continue to experience high infection rates, it is important to remember that the vast majority of Canadians remain susceptible to COVID-19. Hence the Public Health Agency asserts that it is important for everyone to continue with individual precautions to protect themselves, their families and communities.
Assessing the present number of cases, the reports states that it is about 63,668, the exact numerical value which is indeed a gigantic cluster. With still elevated daily case counts and high rates of infection across all age groups, the risk remains that this trend could reverse. Likewise, outbreaks continue to occur in high-risk populations and communities, including hospitals and long term care homes, correctional facilities, congregate living settings, Indigenous communities, and more remote areas of the country. These factors underscore the importance of sustaining public health measures and individual practices and not easing restrictions too fast or too soon. This is particularly important in light of the emergence of new virus variants of concern that could rapidly accelerate transmission of COVID-19 in Canada.
According to the provincial and territorial data, it is indicated that an average of 4,651 people with COVID-19 were being treated in Canadian hospitals each day during the most recent 7-day period (Jan 15-21), including 870 of whom were being treated in intensive care units. This rapid increase in the pandemic data in turn will cause adverse impact on our mental health, says the reports.
New Policies of Public Health Agency of Canada to fight COVID-19
- Through the ‘Wellness Together Canada’, Canadians of all ages across the country can access free supports such as information and practical tools to feeling better, self-guided programs, peer-to-peer support and confidential sessions with social workers, psychologists and other professionals. Supports are provided online as well as by phone and text for those without internet access.
- There are also immediate supports:
Adults: Text WELLNESS to 741741
Youth: Text WELLNESS to 686868
Front Line Workers: Text FRONTLINE to 741741
- Indigenous Peoples can also contact the toll-free Hope for Wellness Help Line at 1-855-242-3310 or the online chat at ‘hopeforwellness.ca ‘open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For longer-term care, contact a First Nations and Inuit Health Regional Office.
- Canada Suicide Prevention Service is available at 1-833-456-4566. In Quebec, call APPELLE at 1-866-277-3553.
- In case of an immediate danger, call 911 or your local emergency line.
- Canadians can also go the extra mile by sharing credible information on COVID-19 risks and prevention practices and measures to reduce COVID-19 in communities and by downloading the COVID Alert app to break the cycle of infection and help limit the spread of COVID-19.