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17Jul

‘Price of having COVID-19’: Richmond, B.C. survivor deals with symptoms months later

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VANCOUVER —
Life for Lorraine Graves has taken a dramatic turn.

Before March, she says she was living a vibrant life: public speaking, hosting workshops and working as a journalist in Richmond, B.C.

Now, having one phone call with a friend in the morning will exhaust her energy for the rest of the day and she will be forced to lie down — and that’s on a good day, she says.

“I’m incredibly disappointed that the price of having COVID-19 is that my life is going to be a pale imitation of what it could have been,” she tells CTV News.

She didn’t know it at the time, but back in early March, she had been infected with the coronavirus.

She and three family members in the house were all sick around the same time with various symptoms.

“Everybody had a different collection of symptoms from the grab-bag of possibilities and everybody had a different severity and I drew the short straw.

“I woke up feeling like I’d been hit by a bus. My lungs, instead of air, were full of egg white. I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t cough out. I had headaches; I had pains; my brain was foggy.”

She also couldn’t taste or smell a delicious dinner her husband had prepared.

Some of symptoms her family had weren’t considered hallmark COVID traits in the early days of the pandemic, so they weren’t tested at the time.

“My GP told me I definitely had COVID-19. The lack of sense of taste is very rare in a viral condition, plus the lung problems, plus all the other things,” she says.

She says she was symptom-free one month later but then suddenly, her lungs felt like an “old helium balloon” that had unexpectedly deflated.

She’s been experiencing a wave of symptoms ever since.

“I thought it was binary, you live or die,” she says coughing. “I didn’t understand that it’s like polio, where there were people who lived, people who died and people who lived with long-term consequences.”

She is now part of a club called the Long-haulers, a club she never thought she’d be part of.

“We’re in it for the long haul. It’s not one and done,” she says.

She’s found a community of other COVID survivors who are still dealing with the aftermath of the disease.

There’s COVID Long Haulers Support Group Canada which has more than 700 members and Survivor Corps which has over 70,000 members.

“This disease can be debilitating. It can be deadly. But it can cost you the rest of your life’s health as well,” she says.

New study looks at long-term health impacts

Why some COVID patients are still suffering from lingering symptoms while others are symptom-free is the focus of a new study.

The Canadian COVID-19 Prospective Cohort Study looks at roughly 2,000 patients, some who were in the intensive care unit and put on ventilators, and some who were never hospitalized at all, like Graves.

“Why are patients who are not as sick, why do they still have lingering symptoms? And so I think it’s still in the early days, in terms of trying to understand that piece,” says Dr. Angela Cheung with the University Health Network, a co-lead in the research. “We’re looking at their genetics, how their — what we call biomarkers — to see how we can separate the people who are going to be really sick versus those who are not as sick.”

Another piece of the study is understanding the caregivers of those patients who were sickest with COVID and the impact the disease is having on those families and their mental health.

“These patients will have very significant disability — after critical illness and after severe acute respiratory distress syndrome, which is the life-threatening complication of COVID-19 — the patients will be weak,” explains Dr. Margaret Herridge, co-lead in the study.

Dr. Herridge says some patients may still struggle with persistent coughs up to eight weeks after a viral illness, but other symptoms, like fatigue, are a cause for concern.

“These systemic complications that might lead you to think that there are other organ system issues would be unusual. And I think if people are suffering from these symptoms they definitely should be seen,” she says.

Experts from Ontario, Quebec, B.C., Alberta, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia are now helping to find out more about the health implications of this mysterious disease.

“It will be extremely helpful to plan for how to best look after these folks and to help inform public health policy,” explains Dr. Herridge.

Patients are still being recruited for the study. Anyone who’s still experiencing symptoms after testing positive for COVID-19 and is interested in participating in the study is asked to email CANCOV@uhn.ca.

6Jul

B.C. extends COVID-19 income, disability and senior assistance programs

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VICTORIA — B.C. will continue to offer COVID-19 financial support for income and disability clients, as well as monthly crisis supplements for low-income seniors, the government announced Monday.

The province has extended for two months its $300 monthly crisis supplement to low-income seniors, which also goes to income and disability clients who reside in special care facilities, said Social Development Minister Shane Simpson.

Recipients will not have to reapply, and the money will continue to flow automatically on cheques between July 22 and Aug. 26. The money is earmarked for British Columbians on provincial income, disability, senior’s or comfort assistance programs who aren’t receiving federal employment insurance or the $2,000 monthly Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). The program started in April.

The B.C. government also extended a policy that prevents clawbacks of financial aid from those receiving both new federal COVID-19 assistance on top of provincial income or disability assistance.

21Jun

Coalition calls for B.C.’s COVID-19 $300 disability top-up to be made permanent

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VANCOUVER —
A coalition of groups representing people with disabilities and people living in poverty is calling for a temporary income supplement to be made permanent.

According to a survey conducted by the coalition, people who got the extra money have used it to buy healthy food, get out of debt and avoid “extreme rationing at the end of the month.”

On April 2, the B.C. government announced an extra $300 for people who receive disability benefits or welfare payments. The top-up was part of emergency supports provided during the COVID-19 pandemic, but is temporary and is only available for three months. The extra $300 is only for those who were not eligible for the federal emergency support programs such as the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).

In a petition on Change.org, the coalition says many people with disabilities are immunocompromised and cannot return to normal activities as quickly as many other British Columbians. According to the petition, COVID-19 is pushing up costs for people with disabilities, an effect they expect to persist for some time.

“We continue to face added financial pressures, including delivery fees, increased utility bills from staying home, telecommunications costs, and alternatives to now-inaccessible medical care and home supports,” the petition says.

“Until a vaccine is developed, we face a new reality of living with COVID-19.”

Many people living on income assistance were already struggling to pay rising costs for food, rent and basic necessities, according to the coalition. Based on a survey of 260 people who received the $300 top-up, people spent the money on healthy food, medication and therapy, housing costs, and avoiding having to choose which bills to pay at the end of the month.

Some also said the extra money prevented “extreme rationing and starvation at the end of the month” and allowed them to “temporarily stop engaging in survival sex work to make ends meet,” according to the petition.

The petition has a goal of 2,500 signatures and has currently gotten 2,063 responses.

Without the $300 top-up, a single person receiving disability payments gets $808.42 a month, according to the B.C. government.

A single person on income assistance receives $385 a month.

20Jun

Campaign wants B.C. to keep $300 supplement after COVID-19 crisis ends

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Brent Frain and Sonjia Grandahl, roommates in Langley who both receive the disability benefit, have been independently advocating for the “300 to Live” campaign on social media.

Grandahl said the $300 is changing people’s lives.

“We’re living in a real state of poverty right now and with this COVID, everything has gone up in price,” Grandahl said. “(The supplement has) just helped out tremendously and we would like to keep it that way.”

Frain and Grandahl both said they’ve been able to buy healthier groceries, afford medications and worry less about their rent, which alone accounts for 59 per cent of their incomes.

The $300 supplement has meant people can live with dignity and finally afford accessibility equipment, too, Frain said.

“We want to make it permanent because the rates have been suppressed for so long,” he said.

— With files from The Canadian Press

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16Jun

B.C. advocate says proposed federal COVID-19 benefit for Canadians with disabilities leaves many with nothing | CBC News

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The federal government is considering a one-time emergency benefit for people with disabilities to help them cope with the added costs imposed by the pandemic, but a B.C.-based disability advocate says even if the legislation does pass, it won’t go far enough.

Heather Walkus, first vice chair of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities, says the legislation only applies to people who currently receive a disability tax credit, which she says is only about 40 per cent of Canadians living with disability.

According to Walkus, the majority of people receiving government money due to a disability receive the Canada Pension Plan Disability (CPPD) benefit and those individuals will not receive the $600 payment recently debated in the House of Commons.

“You are leaving about 60 per cent of people with disabilities in Canada without those supports,” said WalkusTuesday on The Early Edition.

Legislation in limbo

The Liberal government announced their proposed new benefit on June 5. However, the plan remains in limbo after the bill, C-17, failed to secure unanimous consent in the House of Commons on June 10.

The Commons adjourned without any sort of resolution, with the parties at an impasse over how to proceed. 

All of the opposition parties — not just the Conservatives — had problems with the bill as written.

NDP leader, Jagmeet Singh, raised the same concerns as Walkus and asked for the disability payments to be sent to more people.

“We are already struggling with inclusion, accessibility and poverty and those are issues that have been opened up greatly in the COVID response,” said Walkus, adding the disability community suffered disproportionately to the rest of the population due to the pandemic.

She said specific examples include: lack of accessible accommodation for people with disabilities who need to self-isolate, reduced home support staff, lack of personal protective equipment, challenges accessing information for the blind community, and challenges accessing appointments and stores because of reduced public transportation service.

“Most systems in the emergency response plan did not contemplate people with disabilities,” said Walkus, adding the government should have included disability advocates in conversations about emergency provisions at the onset of the health crisis.

There are approximately six million people living with a disability in Canada.

Tap here to hear the complete interview with Heather Walkus on The Early Edition.

28May

COVID-19: New substances used to cut street drugs much harder to ‘reverse’

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“There’s a real lack of skill providers out there and we don’t have a functioning addiction treatment system in B.C.,” she said.

Karen Ward, drug policy adviser for the City of Vancouver, said overdoses and deaths in the city’s Downtown Eastside skyrocketed when COVID-19 measures came into effect mid-March and shut down services and facilities in the neighbourhood.

“That was a lot, all at once, in a very short period of time,” she said. “April … it’s bad but compared to March it’s actually not as bad as I feared.”

Ward said she was heartened, however, to see the coroners report that average daily drug deaths had fallen during income assistance week in April to 3.9 deaths per day, after spiking to 6.6 deaths per day in March. It was the first time she could recall cheque week being less deadly than the rest of the month.

She believes $300 in provincial emergency aid for people on income and disability assistance, along with new banking measures implemented by Pigeon Park Savings and Vancity, played a role in saving lives.

“That (April) was the first time we got our $300 emergency supplements,” she said.

“It’s about poverty. So many of deaths during cheque week are about the fact that the government dumps a huge pile of money in a very small space, on some very desperate people.”

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22May

B.C. confirms 18 new cases of COVID-19 and 3 deaths | CBC News

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Another 18 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in B.C. and three more people have died. 

There have now been a total of 155 deaths and 2,507 cases of coronavirus in B.C., according to the latest numbers from the province released Friday afternoon.

Of that number, 310 cases are still active and 2,042 people have recovered. 

The three people who died are all in the Fraser Health Region. A total 41 people are currently in hospital, eight of them in intensive care. 

The outbreak that started in mid-March at the Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver is now over.

There are no new outbreaks in health-care centres, but outbreaks continue at 14 long-term care or assisted living facilities, and two acute-care units have active outbreaks as well.

Every health region in B.C. has had patients with COVID-19, according to the joint statement from Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix. 

Public health teams are continuing to provide support as community outbreaks continue at the two federal prisons, the Mountain Institution in Agassiz and the Mission Institution, the statement said. 

Support is also being provided as outbreaks continue at the Oppenheimer Group fruit and vegetable processing plant in Coquitlam, poultry facilities and with cases connected to the Kearl Lake oilsands site in Alberta.

The total number of confirmed cases released on Friday includes 10 people who were infected in Alberta in connection with the outbreak at the Kearl Lake oilsands project and self-isolated there before returning home to B.C. Those cases had not previously been included in B.C.’s numbers.

This week, B.C. entered the second phase of its restart plan, with businesses like hair salons, restaurants and libraries allowed to reopen or expand their services. 

This phase is about finding a “new balance” between protecting health and reopening and resuming businesses and activities, Friday’s statement said. 

Drive-ins limited to 50 vehicles

The province is limiting gatherings of vehicles ahead of the weekend. 

Gatherings remain restricted to 50 people, but this order has now been extended to limit gatherings of vehicles to 50 for outdoor drive-in events, with restrictions on the sale of refreshments.

Anyone attending a drive-in event must stay in their cars, unless they need to use the washroom, which must have running water for handwashing. 

“This week, we have seen British Columbians throughout the province using the WorkSafeBC public health guidelines and the rules for safe social interactions to increase their activities while protecting employees, customers, friends and family,” the statement from Henry and Dix said. 

“This approach — moving slowly, with patience and care — is our way forward. We have made great strides to flatten our curve, and we must continue with our efforts. Let’s keep going, together.”

14May

B.C.’s top doctor advises against travel as 15 new COVID-19 cases and 3 deaths announced | CBC News

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The highlights:

  • 15 more people have been diagnosed with COVID-19. 
  • 3 more people have died in the past 24 hours.
  • There have been a total of 2,392 cases and 135 people have died.
  • 1,885 people have recovered. 
  • 58 people are in hospital, 12 of them in the ICU.
  • No new community outbreaks.
  • No new outbreaks in long-term care homes.
  • 15 outbreaks continue in long-term care homes, 4 in acute care.
  • Superior Poultry Plant in Coquitlam reopens. 

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry is asking British Columbians to avoid travelling during the long weekend as new cases of coronavirus continue to appear. 

The May long weekend may be the “unofficial” start to summer but this summer will be different, Henry said.

“This year, with the risk that we continue to have in our communities across this province, we need to look at plans on a much narrower frame,” she said.

“Let’s make this our summer of care and consideration for our families, our communities and our province. A summer for us all to remember to be kind, to be calm and to be safe.”

Although this would usually be the time of year to plan summer activities in advance, Henry said to think of the next couple weeks instead of months as COVID-19 continues to pose a threat.

Instead of travelling to other communities this weekend, she suggests hiking at a local park, visiting a farmers market or having a picnic.

On Thursday, B.C. Parks reopened facilities like front and backcountry trails, beaches, picnic areas, washroom facilities and boat launches for day use.

Campgrounds are set to reopen June 1. 

On Tuesday, the province will enter the second phase of its gradual reopening plan.

WorkSafeBC is working with the province to create guidelines for different sectors, as they prepare to reopen, to ensure staff and customers are safe.

Henry acknowledged that while some businesses and consumers are eager for the gradual reopening, hesitation remains. 

She said the province is “not going to get everything perfect” as it reopens, but that it’s doing everything it can and is learning from other parts of the world during this extraordinary circumstance.

“I think it’s going to be something we’re going to have to work through together,” Henry said. 

“We’re just going to have to take it slowly and err on the side of caution the best we can.”

Surgeries being rescheduled 

B.C. has the capacity to test 7,000 people a day and anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 can be tested. 

It’s still not known how the virus will behave in the future or how long immunity might last for those who have recovered, and B.C. does not have “herd immunity” to prevent transmission of the virus, Henry said.

B.C. has not had any cases of Kawasaki Syndrome that are related to COVID-19. The rare inflammatory illness can be an effect of the body’s reaction to viruses and other infections and has been linked to children’s deaths in the U.S.

Two serology tests have been approved for use in Canada and B.C. is currently validating which test it will want to use, Henry said. 

The province will be closely watching what happens in the next two weeks in terms of the virus spreading, she added. 

Until more questions can be answered through antibody testing or an eventual vaccine, measures like physical distancing will remain in place in some capacity in stores and on public transit, she said.

The number of people in hospital and critical care is coming down, said Health Minister Adrian Dix.

However, the occupancy rate in hospitals has gone up slightly — a sign, he said, that health care resources are being used for needs other than COVID-19.

The province is also working to reschedule 6,883 surgeries that were cancelled or postponed. People awaiting surgery will be contacted, Dix said. 

Several outbreaks over in Fraser Health 

On Thursday, Fraser Health provided updates on several COVID-19 outbreaks in the region.

The health authority rescinded the closure order it enforced on April 24 at Superior Poultry Processors in Coquitlam. An outbreak at the plant sickened more than 60 people, but it has met the requirements of the order and has reopened.

Plexiglass shields have been installed between workers, production has been slowed and PPE is being used, said Dr. Martin Lavoie, chief medical health officer for Fraser Health.

There remain two active cases at Mission Institution, where 120 inmates tested positive for coronavirus. There have been no new cases at the federal prison since May 1.

An outbreak at the Worthington Pavilion Rehabilitation Unit, an acute care site in Abbotsford, has been declared over. Outbreaks have also been declared over at Swedish Assisted Living Residence in Burnaby and Chartwell Cedarbrooke Retirement Residence in Mission.

In April, Fraser Health issued an order for gyms and fitness centres to close. Lavoie said the health authority is considering lifting that order “in the very near future,” but that details on how to reopen safely are still being worked out.

Fraser Health is also beginning to reschedule elective surgeries that were postponed. 

If you have a COVID-19-related story we should pursue that affects British Columbians, please email us at impact@cbc.ca

29Apr

3-pillar strategy to test for COVID-19 on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside | CBC News

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A team of more than two dozen people is testing and tracing residents on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Dr. Patricia Daly, Vancouver Coastal Health’s chief medical health officer, said Tuesday that the testing rate is over 40 people per 1,000, more than double the rate in other regions, and only a small number of cases have been found.

“It’s almost like detective work,” Daly said. “You have to do a lot of interviewing and follow-up with cases, but we have staff who are very good at this.”

The Downtown Eastside is one of the areas where health officials have concerns because other cities have seen outbreaks where people live in communal settings and the virus can easily spread, she said.

A man wearing a protective mask walks on the Downtown Eastside. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said people living in the area may also have several underlying health issues that would make them more at risk of having a severe infection.

Vancouver Coastal Health is implementing a three-pillar approach for prevention, testing and tracing along with support to reduce the impacts on inner-city neighbourhoods of the opioid overdose crisis and the pandemic.

Daly said the team proactively offers testing to anybody who might have symptoms and doesn’t wait for them to come to the clinic, she said.

“We have a very low threshold for testing.”

Tracing contacts

Testing and tracing have been ongoing for a number of weeks and confirmed cases of COVID-19 or potentially exposed contacts are followed-up daily by a public-health team, she said.

If someone on the team identifies a person who is positive for COVID-19, she said health officials try to trace all the close contacts.

“So, the first thing we do is interview the case. We find out where they’ve been in the period of time when they would have been contagious to other people, that’s from the start of the symptoms going back two days.”

If all the contacts of that person can’t be traced, she said health officials put out a news release.

“Early on in the pandemic, we had a case of a person who attended a dental conference in Vancouver and that case had a lot of people at the conference, so we put out a news release,” Daly said.

Health officials also put out a news release if they can’t identify the individual or if there is an outbreak that the public should be aware of, such as at the Vancouver poultry plant where 34 cases have been linked, she said.

If a person from the Downtown Eastside tests positive for COVID-19 and does not have adequate housing, he or she is offered a room in a hotel and monitored by public health officials, Daly said.

Mayor Kennedy Stewart had said BC Housing has secured hundreds of hotel rooms in Vancouver for people who are homeless or precariously housed and who need to self-isolate.

Contacts the person may have had are usually traced through interviews, she said.

“We can go to the building to find out who they shared a washroom with … so it’s working with the case but also working with others in the community.”

27Apr

What do I do if my parents get sick? Your COVID-19 questions answered — kids’ edition | CBC News

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Today’s edition is a little different — We’ve teamed up with CBC Kids News to answer questions from, well, kids! So today’s FAQ is devoted to them. As always, you can continue sending us your questions about the pandemic via email to COVID@cbc.ca, no matter how old you are, and we’ll try our best to answer as many as we can.

What should I do if both of my parents catch COVID-19?

Nicholas is 12 years old and lives in Fredericton. He wants to know what happens if both of his parents catch COVID-19.

Nicholas in Fredericton wants to know what he should if both of his parents catch COVID-19. 0:09

Health Canada advises anyone with COVID-19 symptoms to self-isolate. 

So what should you do if both of your parents get sick and need to self-isolate? Toronto-area pediatrician Dr. Dina Kulik recommends giving them space, so you don’t get the virus too.

“It depends on your age,” says Kulik, pediatric emergency medicine physician and founder of Kidcrew Medical, a pediatric clinic in Toronto. “If you are old enough to take care of yourself, cook your own meals, and don’t need your parents to care for you day-to-day, I would suggest isolating from them.”

However, every family should have a plan, and if the parents and child feel as though the child would be better off living with a friend or relative, then that’s an option too. But Kulik cautions that it’s possible the child could be asymptomatic, meaning a person has the virus but is not showing any symptoms, and that could put the other caregivers at risk.

If you are sharing a space with someone who’s sick, Kulik also recommends wiping down all high-traffic surfaces such as counters, door handles, and even the refrigerator, with products approved for use against the coronavirus including:  alcohol, peroxide, or a bleach solution. She also advises using a different washroom if possible, which should help contain the spread. —

Canada’s top doctor, Theresa Tam, told CBC Kids News, “It’s normal to feel frightened,” but make your parents know you’re worried, and remember you’re not alone. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s family had to deal with the coronavirus, when his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, tested positive. She has since recovered. 

“It would be scary to have two sick parents, but it is not your job as a child to take care of them or make adult decisions for them,” says Alyson Schafer, family counsellor and parenting expert. “You only need to let other adults and professionals do their job of taking care of them and trust that everyone is helping people sick with COVID-19.”

This is a frightening disease, but most people recover, Schafer says. “Your mind may want to worry about future events that might happen, but we don’t know what the future will bring, so try to focus your mind on what the reality is at the moment.”

If you need support during the COVID-19 pandemic, contact Kids Help Phone.

Is the pandemic under control? When will it end?

A lot of people are sending us questions about when this will all be over, including 11-year-old Alexander in Calgary who wants to know when he can go back to school and continue learning. 

Alex in Calgary wants to know if this pandemic is under control and when he will be able to go back to school. 0:25

There is a lot we don’t know about this pandemic, and it’s not clear when Canadian kids can go back to their normal lives.

Other countries are already easing up some restrictions; for example, schools in Norway will welcome back students this week, while some schools in Germany have already reopened, after closing down in March. 

In Canada, schools remain closed, because provinces and territories will need to continue practicing social distancing for a little longer, experts say, in order to reduce the rate at which the virus is spreading.  

“COVID-19 started in December, and it is only April. It is a novel coronavirus, meaning it is new and therefore we don’t have long-term data on it,” says Kulik. 

Kulik said it usually takes about three months before the positive results of physical distancing become apparent.

“Most of Canada started this process in mid-March. So, if we continue to be cautious and minimize exposure to others, we are looking at lessening restrictions this summer,” she says, cautioning that Canada is still “months from going back to normal.”

New Brunswick and Saskatchewan are already planning to reopen parks and beaches, but both provinces say schools will likely remain closed until the end of summer.

“The more restrictive we are now, the sooner we can go back to normal. Jumping back to normalcy may lead to further months in lockdown,” Kulik says. 

Will it be safe to go swimming in the lakes this summer? 

This question comes from David, 10, who emailed CBC Kids News, because he wants to know if it will be safe to swim in lakes this summer.  

In theory, it should be safe to swim in lakes, but only if physical distancing restrictions are relaxed. Why? Because the virus is transmitted person-to-person, health authorities have closed beaches, boat launches and most marinas to reduce the rate of new COVID-19 cases by preventing crowds from gathering in recreation areas.

But, New Brunswick recently reopened its outdoor spaces, such as parks and beaches. And officials will allow gatherings of up to 10 people within two to four weeks, as long as they maintain a physical distance of at least two metres, and provided there is no significant new wave of infections. 

Saskatchewan also announced it is planning to reopen municipal parks and swimming pools, but the date is yet to be determined.

According to Canada’s Public Health Agency, provincial and territorial governments may issue more specific guidance about this in the coming weeks. 

As for pools? We’ve already tackled that question. You can read about it here.  

Can cats and dogs get sick from the coronavirus?

Rachel, 11 wrote into CBC Kids News with a question that’s also popular in our COVID@cbc.ca inbox.

While we know animals can become infected — even a tiger in a New York City zoo tested positive for the virus — Dr. Rebecca Archer, a clinical instructor of small animal medicine with the faculty of veterinary medicine at the University of Calgary, has said there is no evidence so far that we can catch the coronavirus from our pets. 

Here’s what Dr. Scott Weese, a veterinarian from the University of Guelph has to say about the coronavirus and our furry friends:

Dr. Scott Weese, a veterinarian from the University of Guelph, explains whether cats and dogs can get sick from the coronavirus. 2:10

Where does Coronavirus come from, and how does it spread? 

Six-year-old Liane wrote into CBC Kids News with a question about where the virus comes from, and how it spreads. 

There’s a lot we don’t know about the coronavirus, but scientists believe it jumped from an animal to a person. But there is no evidence to suggest that animals, including pets, are playing a role in the spread of COVID-19.

You can read more about where the virus originated here.

Respiratory viruses like the coronavirus are typically transmitted by touching your face or breathing in droplets that an infected person has just breathed out.

Here’s how you can stop the spread of COVID-19.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

  • Practice physical distancing.

  • Stay home if you are sick.

You can get more information for kids about COVID-19 and how to prevent it here. 

We’re also answering your questions every night on The National. Last night, your questions included: Should I wear a mask if I’m healthy? Watch below:

An emergency room doctor answers your questions about the COVID-19 pandemic, including the latest advice on whether healthy people should wear masks. 2:37

Friday we answered questions about herd immunity and ironing masks. Read here.

Keep your questions coming by emailing us at COVID@cbc.ca.

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