COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

This page last updated on March 31, 2020 8:57 pm.

 

RxA will waive its Pharmacist Membership fee for pharmacists who are applying for emergency registration during the COVID-19 pandemic with ACP and need to purchase CPBA Professional Liability Insurance. CPBA Professional Liability Insurance is half price for the remainder of the membership year (until June 30, 2020). For more information, please email rxa@rxa.ca

 

Newly Added 

  • Healthcare Practitioner Online Assessment Tool

  AHS has added a Healthcare Practitioner Online Self Assessment Tool aimed at helping pharmacists to be assessed, screened and tested for COVID-19.  Please immediately self-isolate if you become sick and go online to use the tool.

 

Updates

Canada

Prime Minister Trudeau - Travel and Border Control Restrictions:

  • Borders closing for Canada.  Starting Wednesday, flights will only be arriving through 4 airports including, Toronto Pearson, Montreal Trudeau, Vancouver International and Calgary International.
  • Most Non-Cdn Citizens, non-permanent residents banned. Diplomats, flight cerews, U.S. citizens still allowed.  Canadians are encouraged to come home.
  • Flight crews to begin screening travellers prior to boarding.  Individuals with symptoms will not be allowed on flights nor entry to Canada.
  • These restrictions do not affect trade or the movement of goods into Canada.

 

Alberta

Effective immediately:

  • Student attendance at K to 12 schools is prohibited and in-person post-secondary classes are cancelled.
  • All licensed child care facilities, out-of-school care programs and preschool programs are closed indefinitely.
  • New info for airline passengers, travellers, and employers

 

More Information

 

What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that can cause a range of symptoms including, a runny nose, cough, sore throat and fever. Some are mild, such as the common cold, while others are more likely to lead to pneumonia. They're usually spread through direct contact with an infected person.

 

The new virus causes a disease called COVID-19, which stands for coronavirus disease 2019, the year it was discovered.

 

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is continually reassessing the situation as new information becomes available.

 

How can you help patients prevent coronavirus?

Alberta Health Services (AHS) advises all Albertans to engage in the following:

  • Frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or alternatively, use an alcohol-based (>60%) hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your face after touching surfaces or sick people.
  • Sneeze and cough into your sleeve or a tissue that is discarded immediately into a closed trash bin.
  • Clean surfaces such as work desks regularly with a disinfectant.
  • Avoid travel to countries identified by the Government of Canada

 

What should patients do if they think they have COVID-19?

 

If you have symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat, runny nose or nasal congestion or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19you MUST immediately self-isolate for 14 days.

 

  • Once you have self-isolated, complete the COVID-19 online self-assessment to determine if you should receive testing for COVID-19
  • Please do not visit a hospital, physician’s office, lab or healthcare facility without consulting Health Link 811 first.
  • If your symptoms worsen, call 811. We are experiencing heavy call volumes and will get to your call as quickly as we can.
  • Call 911 if you are seriously ill and need immediate medical attention. Inform them that you may have COVID-19.

 

Spread

COVID-19 is believed to be spread mainly by coughing, sneezing or direct contact with someone who is sick with COVID-19 or with surfaces they have recently touched. 

 

How can patients prepare?

 

Don’t stockpile medications. 

Help patients to have a reasonable supply of non-prescription medications for cold, fever, and allergies on hand.  People who require medication on a regular basis should also ensure their prescriptions are up to date. Stockpiling medications in large quantities is unnecessary and could trigger drug shortages.

 

Stockpiling of goods is also not recommended at this time either.  Rather, encourage patients to communicate (talk, text, email, phone) with neighbours, friends, and family members that could drop off supplies as needed in the event of having to self isolate or quarantine.

 

Alberta public health officials are recommending individuals create a household plan of action. This can include these elements:

  • Talk with the people who need to be included in your plan.
  • Meet with household members, other relatives, and friends to discuss what to do if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in your community and what the needs of each person will be.
  • Plan ways to care for those who might be at greater risk for serious complications. This includes practical steps like ensuring you have sufficient medication and determining what supplies are needed, and if they can be delivered.
  • Talk with your neighbors about emergency planning.
  • Create a list of local organizations that you and your household can contact in the event you need access to information, health care services, support, and resources.
  • Create an emergency contact list.

 

Practice good personal health habits and plan for home-based actions:

  • Practice everyday preventive actions, like those listed above.
  • Choose a room in your home that can be used to separate sick household members from those who are healthy. Identify a separate bathroom for the sick person to use, if possible. Plan to clean these rooms, as needed, when someone is sick.
  • Be prepared if your child’s school or childcare facility is temporarily dismissed and plan for potential changes at your workplace.

 

Resources for Pharmacists

Prescribing & Billing

 

Personal Protective Equipment 

 

Alberta Information 

 

National Information 

 

General Information 

 

Patient Information 

 

Research

 

RxA Statements & Activities

 

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