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Welcome to Caring Support's news feed. We've compiled some interesting news articles relating to healthcare and written our own abstracts for your enjoyment!

Please note: The views and opinions expressed in these article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the position of Caring Support.

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays!

ABSTRACT WRITTEN BY:
Anneka Burghout

From our family to yours, we want to wish you a very happy holidays! We want to thank you for your support as we continue to grow, and are so excited for what's in store for 2022. See you in the new year! Click View Article to watch our holiday video from the Caring Support team.

December 23, 2021
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COVID-19 Antigen Test

Since COVID-19 Testing Can Be Hard to Find Experts Explain What You Should Do if You Have Symptoms

ABSTRACT WRITTEN BY:
Laura Woodman

Canadians are struggling to get tested for COVID-19. An epidemiologist and associate professor at the University of Ottawa explains that tests are might be reserved for healthcare workers or people who need them for clinical diagnostic purposes. “If you’ve got symptoms, we ask you to stay home and isolate until they abate,” he said. Another expert said that “you may need to reach out and go for a visit to an urgent care clinic, perhaps, or an emergency department if that gets very severe.”

December 23, 2021
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COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters Available for Ontarians Starting Monday

ABSTRACT WRITTEN BY:
Laura Woodman

All eligible adults in Ontario can book COVID-19 booster shots starting Monday, December 20, as part of an accelerated rollout of third doses that will be the centrepiece of the province’s response to the highly infectious Omicron variant. Eligibility for boosters was shortened from six months to three months — or 84 days — from a person’s second vaccine dose. That time frame will apply to all newly eligible people 18 or older.

December 17, 2021
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Ontario Taking Further Action to Protect Long-Term Care and Retirement Homes

ABSTRACT WRITTEN BY:
Laura Woodman

The province of Ontario, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is taking further action to protect the health and safety of residents, healthcare workers, and caregivers in long-term care and retirement homes from COVID-19 and the Omicron variant. These temporary measures will help reduce the risk of transmission during the winter months and protect the progress the province has made in stopping the spread of the virus and its variants throughout these settings.

December 16, 2021
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smiley face and the words stay safe painted on pavement

Ontario Health Units Issue New COVID-19 Recommendations as Cases Rise

ABSTRACT WRITTEN BY:
Laura Woodman

Ontario health units are recommending stronger precautions against COVID-19 as infections rise, including advice to limit indoor holiday gatherings to fully vaccinated guests other than young children. The guidance comes as Ontario’s cases continue an upward climb, more cases of the Omicron variant crop up, and the province’s science experts predict the health system is likely to be strained in the coming weeks.

December 10, 2021
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Nurse Practitioners Are Bridging the Gap Between Family Doctors and the ER

ABSTRACT WRITTEN BY:
Laura Woodman

Nurse practitioners, or NPs, are registered nurses who have completed additional training, education, and nursing experience. It enables them to diagnose and treat illnesses, prescribe medication, and do other tasks similar to a doctor that a regular registered nurse cannot. In most parts of Canada, nurse practitioners can work either in hospitals or community settings, including in clinics where they form most of the primary-care providers.

December 9, 2021
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