How to reduce your risk of COVID-19 transmission in Canada
A series of government initiatives aims to reduce the spread of the coronavirus by improving communication among health-care workers and other community members.
On Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the $6.4-billion Public Health Canada-funded Public Health Integrated Communicators program, which includes a suite of communications and community engagement programs designed to enhance health-related communication between health-workers and patients.
The goal is to reduce transmission of the virus by 10 per cent, with an overall goal of reducing transmission by 50 per cent.
“I know there are people who have said to me that this is a great idea but it’s not going to work.
We need to do something,” Trudeau said Friday in Toronto, where he toured a small number of community-run health centres.
There are many ways to reduce transmissions, Trudeau said.
But the key is communication, which can include video conferencing, e-mail, telephone calls, and social media.
“The biggest challenge is that we need to be clear on what we are going to do.
We are not going for a quick fix,” he said.
He said the federal government will work with the provinces to identify and fund more programs to reduce risk among health workers and their families.
While the number of coronaviruses in Canada is on the rise, transmission in some communities has remained relatively steady over the last several years.
The number of reported cases has decreased by less than half compared to the past year.
More than 30 health-providing jurisdictions have implemented public-health measures to combat COVID.
In October, Health Canada announced it was closing all of its health-services offices across the country, closing 24 hospitals and closing 14 health-centres, a move that was criticized as having a disproportionate impact on marginalized communities.