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Dear HealthCare 365 Family,

We hope you are all doing well and want to remind you that you can call our main office line to reach Rhonda and the medical team if you need us or have any questions.

If you are having difficulty breathing or experiencing other severe symptoms please call 911 immediately.
LEAPING INTO LEARNING

Kaley is a literacy specialist and home with her 4 small kids; ages 7, 5, 3, 1. She’s come up with some EASY, hands-on phonics activities that you can do with your kids this summer! You can find her on Instagram @Leaping into Learning where she would love to answer any questions! Make sure to download the link HERE.

A PERSONAL MESSAGE FROM DR. KOHUT

We are approaching 3 months of COVID induced restrictions. Parts of Ontario are gradually opening to Stage 2 and Toronto remains at Stage 1 restrictions for a few more weeks.

As we look forward to creating a less restrictive social interaction, I look at what we have learned to date, what ideas have changed, and what are some of the concerns for the future. 

The basic recommendation to maintain social distance even as the social restrictions are eased remains the most effective behavior for reducing the spread of COVID.  A close second is the continued emphasis on washing hands frequently and for a minimum of 20 seconds with soap and water, or rubbing hands with alcohol preparations for the same time.

Initially, the use of masks was restricted to healthcare providers, and general use was felt to be unnecessary. I echoed the recommendations at that time. This has changed.

In the past week, the OMA has updated their information on Coronavirus and release a key recommendation that states “everyone should wear some kind of face covering whenever you come into contact with someone else, including indoors.” Read more about their updates here.

Wearing a mask reduces the risk that you infect others from the droplets from your nose and mouth. It DOES NOT change the rules on physical distancing of 6ft. Wash hands before and after taking off the mask.

The province of Ontario is not mandating the wearing of masks in public, but recommends their use, and has left it to businesses to decide their policies on this.

With the opening of social restrictions, suggestions on how to safely build your social circle are included here.

With more social contact, we need to be vigilant about our expanded contacts, and our exposure to others outside of the 10 person bubble. Read more about this here.

As our communities reopen, continue to practice safe and healthy behaviours; social distancing, hand washing, and wearing masks. 

Enjoy the upcoming lovely weekend.
Stay safe, stay healthy.

V

SHARED FROM OUR COMMUNITY
Have you come across any articles, recipes, or ideas you think we should share with the rest of the HealthCare 365 community? Send them over so we can include them in next week's Help Me Rhonda!
SELECTED RESOURCES

SickKids
SickKids Hospital has released their recommendations for School Reopening.
READ NOW

Vaccine Research
This article provides a compelling discussion about the risks of rapid development of a COVID vaccine 
READ NOW

Serologic COVID Antibody Testing
The Government had purchased thousands of antibody test kits to assess the blood samples that they have collected. One private clinic has stated that they will be offering antibody testing to their clients in a month for a fee. It is the only non-governmental site that we are aware of that will offer this at this time.

Important information on the use of antibody testing:

  1. Antibody testing is not used to acutely diagnose COVID-19 infection.
  2. Antibody testing results should not be used to determine a person’s COVID-19 immunity status, return-to-work decisions, use of masks or other personal protective equipment, or safety of vulnerable persons to go into public.
  3. A positive antibody test only tells you that you were infected with COVID-19 in the past.
  4. Antibody testing is useful for understanding how many people COVID-19 has infected. It's also useful for identifying children presenting with Paediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome associated with COVID-19 (MIS-C) and evaluating convalescent plasma donors.
  5. Antibody testing results have false positives. We are all eager to develop a solution to this pandemic, but serology testing is not our silver bullet.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
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Wishing you health, safety and enjoyable family time!

The HealthCare 365 Team
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