Living with ME and FM through Coronavirus times

Updated: Sep 30, 2021

This post is updated as new resources are shared with us.

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With the rising threat of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the aggressive new measures taken here in Canada to contain the outbreak, we are thinking of our community of British Columbians living with ME and FM. It's hard enough to cope with living with a complex chronic disease. The challenges become more acute during a pandemic that targets the immuno-compromised, the chronically ill and the elderly.

Following are some resources that we hope you will find useful:

COVID-19 and the vulnerability of the FM/ME/Lyme/Immuno-altered community

Government of Canada

The federal government has created a number of resources:

  • Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) page with updates, information about symptoms and treatment, prevention and risk, how to prepare, Canada's response, and latest statistic by province.

  • Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): How to care for a person with COVID-19 at home – Advice for caregivers

  • Infection Prevention and Control Canada (IPAC) has an Information about Coronavirus page, which includes a Hotline number, world statistics, history of the disease, information for infection prevention and control, and lots of links.

  • Health Canada has issued temporary exemptions for prescriptions of controlled substances under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) and its Regulations. Read more here.

  • Bill C-20, an Act respecting further COVID-19 measures, received Royal Assent on July 27, ensuring that the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) will continue to protect jobs by helping businesses keep employees on the payroll and encouraging employers to re-hire workers previously laid off. The Bill will facilitate the delivery of a one-time payment of up to $600 for people with disabilities who are either holders of a valid Disability Tax Credit (DTC) certificate, receive Canada Pension Plan-Disability Benefits (CPP-D) or Quebec Pension Plan disability benefits, or are in receipt of Veterans Affairs Canada disability supports. For the full government press release, read here... For assistance with Disability Tax Credit, go to the Disability Alliance BC (DABC) website.

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