The COVID-19 pandemic is giving Canadians an unprecedented opportunity to be helpers (and heroes). This post highlights just a few of the stories that have inspired us lately.
For some members of the Lung Health Foundation community, being a hero is as simple as staying home in order to stop the spread of the virus. For others, being a hero means long hours in scrubs and protective gear, caring for the people who need it most.
Whatever kind of helper you are, thank you for doing your part to make COVID-19 history. We’ve got a long way to go, and we’ll get there by working together.
KINGSTON, ON: A crafty group fills gaps by sewing fabric face masks for healthcare providers
More ventilators. More hope.
LONDON, ON: Fanshawe College loans its ventilators to hospital
A ventilator moves air in and out of the lungs. Since these machines help those who cannot breathe for themselves, they play a crucial role in treating the most critically ill patients — and they are projected to be in dangerously short supply if the COVID-19 continues to spread.
Luckily, Fanshawe College has teamed up with London Health Sciences Centre to increase the region’s supply. With Respiratory Therapy classes cancelled, eleven of the college’s ventilator machines have now made it to their new homes at LHSC, thanks to a team that includes people like Yvonne Drasovean, our ORCS Editorial Board Chair!
Help is a phone call (or web chat) away
Through thick or thin, our Lung Health Line is here for you
The Lung Health Foundation is doing our part to keep chronic lung disease patients from experiencing flare-ups that could send them into the crowded hospital system.
If you need advice about managing your asthma, COPD, pulmonary hypertension, IPF, or any other chronic lung condition, our Certified Respiratory Educators can help. You can reach us at 1-888-344-LUNG (5864), by email at firstname.lastname@example.org., or you can chat live using the “Chat now” button on the bottom right of your screen.
Call for heroes:
Ontario government recruiting extra hands in the fight against COVID-19
The Ministry of Health is looking for additional experienced healthcare providers to help provincial efforts to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19.
- Current and former members of Ontario’s regulated health professions and the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers;
- Physician assistants; and
- Personal support workers.
Qualified, and interested? Fill out an application here.