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SHIFTING FROM PANDEMIC TO ENDEMIC !

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08 Sep 2021 09:50 #393119 by ketchim
Over the past year and a half we have faced an
extraordinary threat together. COVID-19 has required
unprecedented measures that have saved lives and
prevented our health care system from being overwhelmed.

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08 Sep 2021 09:50 #393120 by ketchim
We will not eliminate COVID-19
which means we need to learn how to live with it.
This is why we have begun to shift our COVID-19 approach towards
an enhanced version of the solid foundation
of our systems to manage other respiratory viruses.

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08 Sep 2021 09:51 #393121 by ketchim
During the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a reduction in childhood immunizations across Canada as people kept their children home
to adhere to COVID-19 restrictions and school-based immunization programs
were interrupted. For example,
In 2019, 73% of 12 year olds in Alberta were fully immunized for Hepatitis B.
This dropped to just 28% in 2020
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Catching up with routine childhood immunizations is
a key priority for protecting children.

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08 Sep 2021 09:52 #393122 by ketchim
Measures needed to manage COVID-19 transmission have had impacts
on our population’s mental health and wellbeing.
Social isolation measures have worsened mental health
in those already most at risk while also limiting access to supports

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08 Sep 2021 09:53 #393123 by ketchim
 over half of those surveyed reported not staying as
socially connected as they were before the pandemic,

 almost one third of participants indicated that they had
delayed seeking health care during the pandemic

 nearly 70% of participants reported feeling more stressed
out during the pandemic with factors including difficulty
maintaining relationships, difficulty sleeping, inability to
exercise and lonelines

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08 Sep 2021 09:58 - 08 Sep 2021 09:58 #393126 by ketchim
There has been a significant shift in health human resources
to respond to COVID-19, which has meant less ability
to focus on other health priorities
Last edit: 08 Sep 2021 09:58 by ketchim.

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08 Sep 2021 10:03 #393127 by ketchim
Viewers/Readers, FYI

What is an endemic?
Endemic is an adjective that means natural to, native to, confined to
or widespread within a place or population of people.

Endemic is perhaps most commonly used to describe a disease
that is prevalent in or restricted to a particular location, region, or population.
For example, malaria is said to be endemic to tropical regions.
In this context, it can also be used as a noun:
an endemic disease can simply be called an endemic.

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08 Sep 2021 10:12 - 08 Sep 2021 10:14 #393130 by ketchim

When considering the impacts of case detection from widely available PCR
testing and contact tracing, we looked at data from monthly blood sample
antibody tests done over the course of the pandemic ~

These showed our PCR testing program detected only about 1 of every 4 cases
when compared with antibody testing
(when taking waning antibody levels into account)
Last edit: 08 Sep 2021 10:14 by ketchim.

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08 Sep 2021 11:10 #393135 by ketchim
This is due in large part to the fact that not everyone goes for testing
when ill or mildly symptomatic.

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08 Sep 2021 12:34 - 08 Sep 2021 12:35 #393140 by ketchim
Original Wuhan Corona virus mutated into the successively more dangerous
Alpha, Beta, Kappa,Delta variants.
Last edit: 08 Sep 2021 12:35 by ketchim.

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