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COVID-19

Common Myths about mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine

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Zainab Abdurrahman, BSc, MMath, MD, FRCPC (Paediatrics), FRCPC (Clinical Immunology and Allergy)

Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) of Paediatrics, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON.

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Abstract: There are many concerns the general population has over the new mRNA vaccines that have been produced and are now being distributed in countries around the world to help curb the spread of COVID-19. This review helps to debunk the myths around some of the more common concerns.
Key Words: COVID-19, vaccines, mRNA, trials, studies.
The mRNA vaccine is safe and effective for the prevention of COVID-19.
The two mRNA vaccines approved for use in Canada are the Pfizer-Biontech and the Moderna vaccine.
The Ministry of Health updated their guidelines indicating that the vaccine is still recommended for those with allergies.
It is important to discuss and dispel the myths that patients may have surrounding the mRNA vaccines.
The vaccine is safe and effective for the prevention of COVID-19.
Despite the safety and efficacy of the vaccine, patients who receive it should be reminded to continue wearing a mask and physically distance and follow public health guidelines.
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The COVID-19 Vaccine: Communicating with Patients

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Dr. Marina Abdel Malak

is a Family Medicine Resident at the University of Toronto. She graduated and completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and went on to study Medicine. She has a passion for medical education, patient empowerment, and increasing awareness about the relationship between mental, emotional, and physical health.

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Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged providers and patients in several ways. The news of a vaccine has sparked both hope and doubt among our communities. Healthcare providers are in optimal positions to educate patients about the COVID-19 vaccine, and to dispel myths. This article aims to provide quick facts about the vaccine, tips to navigate around vaccine hesitancy, and resources to share with patients.
Key Words: COVID-19, vaccine, pandemic, resilience.
The COVID-19 vaccine is available and indicated for most patients > 16 years old, in a 2-dose series (with 21 days between first and second dose)
There is a spectrum of 'vaccine hesitancy' among individuals. Tailoring conversations to patients is essential in helping to navigate discussions around receiving vaccines
Data shows that the COVID-19 vaccine is about 95% effective in preventing the virus, with side effects similar to 'routine' vaccines
It is the responsibility of healthcare providers to dispel myths about vaccines, and to empower patients to understand the importance of vaccination when indicated
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Virtual Care for Low Back Pain Patients

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Ted Findlay, DO, CCFP, FCFP,1 Dr. Hamilton Hall, MD, FRCSC,2

1 is on Medical Staff with the Calgary Chronic Pain Centre at Alberta Health Services, Calgary Zone in Calgary, Alberta.
2 is a Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. He is the Medical Director, CBI Health Group and Executive Director of the Canadian Spine Society in Toronto, Ontario.

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Abstract:The COVID-19 global pandemic has had a rapid and massive impact on health care delivery worldwide. Two of the first public health measures applied in Canada and most other developed nations have been some variety of social distancing and "stay at home" orders, which limit the ability of patients to access non-urgent health care services. Patients with chronic pain including low back pain comprise some of the most disadvantaged populations where ongoing support from their family physician is an essential aspect of management. Virtual patient care has rapidly become one of the primary means to deliver of non-urgent management and is, in many ways, ideally suited for the support of chronic low back pain patients. It will continue to be used not only until face to face appointments are again permitted but may become a permanent feature of continuing care.
Key Words: COVID-19; virtual care; video appointments; low back pain; communication.

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1. Virtual patient care is not a new concept, but its use has been accelerated due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
2. Even pre-dating the COVID-19 pandemic, organized medicine in Canada has come out strongly in favor of the delivery of health care by virtual means.
3. There are many on-line resources that can be accessed by patients to help manage their low back pain during pandemic limitations on direct patient contact.
4. Positive patient identification and documentation of consent are requirements for virtual care delivery.
5. Both the physician and the patient have a role to play in ensuring appropriate privacy for the virtual visit.
Have your patient download and test any required communications software prior to their virtual appointment.
Commercial video communication software can be compliant with provincial personal privacy and information protection laws, check with your provincial medical association and/or provincial College of Physicians and Surgeons to be certain that approved software is being used.
Have the patient perform any required clinical measurements and list current medications and any required refills prior to the start of the virtual appointment.
Make sure that unidentified number call blocking does not prevent the virtual appointment from being completed.
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Navigating the COVID-19 Pandemic as a Healthcare Provider

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Dr. Marina Abdel Malak

is a Family Medicine Resident at the University of Toronto. She graduated and completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and went on to study Medicine. She has a passion for medical education, patient empowerment, and increasing awareness about the relationship between mental, emotional, and physical health.

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Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented situation. Feelings of isolation, uncertainty, fatigue, and a loss of control have created stress among individuals across the world. Healthcare providers are in a position where they must balance their personal, familial, and work obligations during the pandemic. As frontline workers, healthcare providers are particularly vulnerable to the physical, mental, emotional, and social stressors encountered during crises. This can contribute to burn out, physical illnesses, and dissatisfaction. It is therefore essential that healthcare providers are supported in acknowledging and normalizing these feelings, and accessing resources to help them cope. To maintain social distancing and provide around-the-clock services, there are a variety of online resources available to support healthcare providers during this time. By utilizing various coping skills and seeking support, healthcare providers can protect their mental, emotional, physical, and social (MEPS) health during the COVID-19 situation.
Key Words: COVID-19, pandemic, wellness, physical health, resilience.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a level of uncertainty, fear, and distress across the world. Feelings of isolation, anxiety, and stress are normal during this time.
Healthcare providers are, in particular, are faced with difficult decisions and situations in the COVID-19 crisis. Balancing personal, familial, and work obligations can be extremely challenging.
Mental, emotional, physical, and social health (MEPS) are equally important. As healthcare providers, we cannot take care of others if we do not care for ourselves first.
Various resources are available to help healthcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Developing and utilizing a range of coping tools can promote MEPS health.
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