COVID-19

The novel coronavirus causing the COVID-19 illness has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.

People who are at the highest risk of having a critical illness, or even dying, from COVID-19, include those with pulmonary fibrosis and other chronic medical conditions.

You can protect yourself by keeping up to date with information on COVID-19, frequent and thorough hand washing, avoiding people who are ill, avoiding crowds, and refraining from travelling out of the country.

To help limit the spread of the virus, many doctors are offering phone calls instead of in-person appointments. Some of you may need to be seen and/or have breathing tests for medication funding purposes. In these cases, call your doctor (most likely you will have received a call from their office) to discuss options for your appointment.

If you have any signs of illness – new cough, sore throat, fever, anything – self-isolate and contact your doctor.

Because of the COVID-19, CPFF is cancelling all in-person support groups meeting until further notice. For those who would like the option of conducting a virtual support group meeting, please contact Sharon Lee at sharon@cpff.ca.

These are difficult and challenging times. Please follow the direction of our public health experts. They are doing their best to help slow the spread of this disease and keep our communities safe. Stay tuned to provincial and federal government notices for updated information regarding COVID-19.

The very best place to get information on this virus is from your provincial public health organization. Each province has its own coordinated approach to screening and testing for COVID-19.

Here are the local numbers for the public health authorities across Canada:

· British Columbia: 811
· Alberta: 811
· Saskatchewan: 811
· Manitoba: 1-888-315-9257
· Ontario: 1-866-797-0000
· Quebec: 811
· New Brunswick: 811
· Nova Scotia: 811
· Prince Edward Island: 811
· Newfoundland and Labrador: 811 or 1-888-709-2929
· Nunavut: 867-975-5771
· Northwest Territories: 911
· Yukon: 811

In addition, you can find lots of information about lessening your risk and other news about COVID-19 at the Canadian Public Health website.