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COVID-19 Care

BCCDC is working with provincial and federal partners on surveillance, diagnostic testing and infection http://www.bccdc.ca/health-professionals/clinical-resources/covid-19-carecontrol measures for the COVID-19 outbreak. The information below is for health care professionals and public health partners.

Covid-19 Information

Excellent resource for latest COVID-19 information.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates: Canada

Anyone concerned that they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of the novel coronavirus, should contact their primary care provider, local public health office, or call 8-1-1.

Public Health Agency of Canada has set up a 2019 novel coronavirus telephone information line at: 1-833-784-4397.

Reference: Government of Canada.Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update

Gina report 2019

From Gina” The 2019 update of the Global Strategy for Asthma Management and Prevention¬†incorporates new scientific information about asthma¬†based on a review of recent scientific literature by an international panel of experts on the GINA Science Committee. This comprehensive and practical resource about one of the most common chronic lung diseases worldwide contains extensive citations from the scientific literature and forms the basis for other GINA documents and programs. “

GOLD Reports 2019

Evidence-based strategy document for COPD diagnosis, management, and prevention, with citations from the scientific literature.

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Ebola

The fear of Ebola has spread faster in America than the virus itself. Ebola has infected the American psyche, forcing us to do risk analysis of a pathogen we know little about. This is different from the flu scares of recent years, because this virus is novel here, and we have no cultural memory of what we are supposed to do, or think, or believe, when Ebola is on the loose.

People have to wonder: How contagious is this virus ‚ÄĒ really? Is there something different and more pernicious about this particular strain of Ebola?

 

 

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How the microscopic Ebola virus kills thousands – The Washington Post

Researchers have identified a molecular mechanism that could explain why the common cold can bring on life-threatening asthma attacks.

Published today in Science Translational Medicine, the findings indicate this may be a potential target for  that could be more effective than existing treatments.

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Study finds potential new target to treat asthma attacks brought on by colds

Chest Article:

The report, presented by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), finds:

  • In 2010, the total national medical costs attributable to COPD were estimated at $32.1 billion dollars annually.
  • Absenteeism costs were $3.9 billion for a total burden of $36 billion in COPD-attributable costs.
  • An estimated 16.4 million days of work were lost due to COPD each year.
  • Of the medical cost, 18% was paid for by private insurance, 51% by Medicare, and 25% by Medicaid.
  • The study also projects a rise in medical costs from $32.1 billion in 2010 to $49 billion by 2020.

Results:  In 2010, total national medical costs attributable to COPD and its sequelae were estimated at $32.1 billion and total absenteeism costs were $3.9 billion for a total burden of COPD-attributable costs of $36 billion. An estimated 16.4 million days of work were lost because of COPD. Of the medical costs, 18% was paid for by private insurance, 51% by Medicare, and 25% by Medicaid. National medical costs are projected to increase from $32.1 billion in 2010 to $49.0 billion in 2020. Total state-specific costs in 2010 ranged from $49.1 million in Wyoming to $2.8 billion in California: medical costs ranged from $42.5 million in Alaska to $2.5 billion in Florida and absenteeism costs ranged from $8.4 million in Wyoming to $434.0 million in California.

Conclusion:  Costs attributable to COPD and its sequelae are substantial and are projected to increase through 2020. Evidence-based interventions that prevent tobacco use and reduce clinical complications of COPD may result in potential decreased COPD-attributable costs.

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