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Staying Healthy this Fall

Now with schools opening up, many of us returning to the workplace, and the cooler fall weather in the air – we are all looking at ways we can continue to stay safe and healthy amidst the pandemic. So we decided to ask our QCH healthcare experts to share a few words of encouragement and advice to help us continue to keep COVID-19 at bay and stay healthy, as we transition into fall. Here’s what they had to say: 

Colette Ouellet, Director of Infection Prevention & Control

“If you have children or grandchildren returning to school, practice hand hygiene and mask wearing at home. Insist that only freshly cleaned hands touch the mask, and that those hands are cleaned after touching the mask as well. I recommend you take a look at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s back to school checklist, where there is some good preparatory guidance for parents.” Colette Ouellet, Director of Infection Prevention & Control, QCH

Dr. Akshai Iyengar, Chief, Department of Critical Care Medicine

“Support your community, and don’t forget to enjoy life.” Dr. Akshai Iyengar, Chief, Department of Critical Care Medicine, QCH

Dr. Gopalan, Bhaskar, Chief & Medical Director Emergency Services

“COVID-19 has hit our community and we need to adapt to live through this pandemic. Follow the basic principles of washing hands, wearing a mask, and keeping your distance so we can all continue to enjoy our community more safely. Thank you!” Dr. Gopalan, Bhaskar, Chief & Medical Director Emergency Services, QCH

Dr. Kathi Kovacs, Chief of Staff

“Stay in touch with your family and friends – whether virtually or in person.” Dr. Kathi Kovacs, Chief of Staff, QCH

Brian Smith, Clinical Director,  Emergency Department

“Take care of each other – mandatory masks can help reduce transmission. Isolate yourself from others when you are sick, and if you have COVID-like symptoms please get tested at one of Ottawa’s COVID-19 Care Clinics.” Brian Smith, Clinical Director of the Emergency Department, QCH

Dr. Joseph Pollard, West COVID-19 Care Clinic Physician Lead

“Ottawa residents coming to the West COVID-19 Care Clinic continually demonstrate the Canadian spirit. They are compassionate to their neighbours and empathetic to our staff. Every “thank-you” makes our job a little easier. Everyone at our clinic and at QCH are so grateful for all the efforts you, our community, are making to keep Ottawa and our frontline staff healthy and safe. Keep up the great work!” – Dr. Joseph Pollard, West COVID-19 Care Clinic Physician Lead, QCH

To learn more about what QCH is doing during COVID-19 please visit qch.on.ca/COVID.

Please consult the Ottawa Public Health website for the most recent information on COVID-19, including a full list of symptoms and testing information, mental health resources, and advice on a safe return to school this fall.

Thank you for helping keep our community safe and healthy!

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