CPFF Messages

CPFF messages about COVID-19

The following are CPFF messages, beginning from the most recent, about COVID-19 and how CPFF is helping the PF community stay informed, supported and connected during the pandemic.

Some of the messages appear as links to articles in our Hope Breathes Here monthly newsletter.

May 6, 2020

New resources answer your questions about PF and COVID-19 (from May 2020 issue of newsletter)

April 8, 2020

A message from the Executive Director (from April 2020 issue of newsletter)

Living with PF and COVID-19 (from April 2020 issue of newsletter)

March 17, 2020 (from CPFF website)

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 info@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.

Get Updates on COVID-19” is a new service from the Government of Canada to keep you informed about the coronavirus outbreak. You can sign up to receive an email whenever there’s an important change or update on the Canada.ca/Coronavirus pages, such as changes to national public health advice or updates to federal services. This service will keep you informed, help you to better manage your health, well-being, and fight misinformation.

Please consider signing up here: Canada.ca/Covid19updates

March 4, 2020

Update: COVID-19 Message to PF Community (from March issue of newsletter)

February 5, 2020

Tips for dealing with winter challenges when you have PF (from February issue of newsletter – CPFF’s first mention of coronavirus)