Many hospital based doctors have noticed that our wards are very empty as we await the COVID surge...here's why that might not be entirely a good thing. @DrFahadRazak @SeemaMarwahaMD @IrfanDhalla @AndreasLaupacis @DrJoshuaTepper https://t.co/4NXWn1v0Ao via @HealthyDebate
"Liver impairment is another emerging concern with COVID-19, as it was with the similar novel coronavirus, [SARS]". For those with a liver condition, take a look at this article to find out what the #COVID19 outbreak means for you. https://t.co/9qKntyNZWw
NEW: Ontario has changed its guidance on testing of health-care workers, hospital patients, LTC residents, ppl in remote communities. Question to Ontario medical twitter: what exactly has changed from previous guidance? DM me. New guidelines here: https://t.co/kY0QzITiUa…
Alright. So the folks @MGHMedicine have now implemented that all healthcare workers use N95 masks when caring for suspected or confirmed #COVID19 [not just for aerosolizing procedures]. @UofT_DoM @uoftmedicine @UHN @SinaiHealth Time for us to follow-suit?
#DidYouKnow that #Hepatitis C is preventable and curable?😄 Attending one of our testing events is one way you can help in the fight against viral hepatitis. Knowing your #HepC status can help eliminate transmission! #GetTested💉 #EndHepC pic.twitter.com/6EnSmxsbxn
Daily, I am receiving announcements of research competitions for #COVIDー19 related projects. What question do you think still needs to be answered that isn’t already under investigation or won’t be answered somewhere else first? #medtwitter
In our hosp staff parking lot pic.twitter.com/OWQ8x8Vboi
We're nearing the end of #GreenShirtDay, spreading awareness of organ donation. Those that know me well know organ donation is a major issue for me, because of my history with this issue. 1/9
To every doctor, nurse and healthcare worker here in Ontario, across Canada and around the globe - THANK YOU! pic.twitter.com/ufBmVNQ2wL
We are worried too and ambulatory medicine clinics are trying v. hard to avoid this with our own contigency plans @hepatoMD . All aspects of this are a challenge but important individually to keep our focuses. A later peak of non-COVID morbidity is not what anyone wants.…
Some wins/losses reflected in these #’s: The current test is not that sensitive, test sites are not easy to access, criteria are confusing and changing quickly, results come days later, and people with mild symptoms are staying home. POC molecular testing can change the…
If anyone starts receiving emails from me with subject “Ariana Grande” or “The Weeknd” or “Cute bunnies” - this picture should explain it. She’s taken over my home office setup. #WorkFromHome pic.twitter.com/nZ52a7dX4z
This randomized study of N95 vs surgical mask #PPE for prevention of healthcare worker #COVID19 infections is critical to complete. Without this level of data, it’s fair to say we aren’t yet sure about the best way to protect workers. #N95mask #Masks https://t.co/PCBJ1SwcBw
BREAKING: Statement from 3M on deal with White House The plan will also enable 3M to continue sending U.S. produced respirators to Canada and Latin America, where 3M is the primary source of supply. https://t.co/BM56o26l2f
When the NBA season resumes, every garbage time minute should be replaced by players chatting online. Waayyy more interesting. Unless Tacko is playing. Then definitely and always Tacko. https://t.co/J2zpgatgVw
Sitting at home all day can be boring. Take this time to work on your #healthy lifestyle!🍎🏃♀️ Check out this #WorldHepatitisAlliance article on why healthy living could prevent most liver cancer and liver-related deaths. https://t.co/FBx1CA3oJh
To all system leaders - we have to dramatically reevaluate our #PPE supply projections in light of policy decisions happening in the US. Any escalation in conservation strategies planned for later, might need implementation today. @QuereshyMD @JohnGranton1…
Reminder of our #COVID19 and #IBD education event on Wed April 8 at 12pm EDT. Dr Ignacio Marin-Jiminez, gastroenterologist and IBD expert from Madrid, will join me to talk about his front line experiences taking care of COVID19 patients. Register at link ahead of time.…
1/I never tweet about personal issues—but this is way too important—I am COVID positive and asymptomatic and have been a caregiver for my husband @JagSinghMD who was critically ill with #COVID19. I've learned some things - please follow for more 1/25
While not technically alive, there's an evil genius to viruses that never ceases to amaze me. It's one reason I became a virologist. A recent Nature paper reveal a remarkable trick SARS-Cov-2 learned that makes it nastier than the first SARS. Both viruses…
Thank you to the commenters. The war analogy is bad. #COVID19 is not a sentient enemy. In war, we fight each other. Today and tomorrow, we need to collaborate on a global scale. https://t.co/qPEERE5K0Y
From the SARS Commission Report (@ONgov). These paragraphs about #PPE are particularly relevant amidst the debate about airborne vs droplet precautions for #Covid_19. The number of HCWs infected globally is too large to ignore from a worker safety perspective.…
As I finish up my first week of ICU in the #COVID19 era, a few thoughts and reflections.. Huge shoutout to the nurses, RTs, and support staff who are the real heroes. They’re the ones who are with these patients in their sickest moments, going in and out of their rooms all…
People were stocking up on toilet paper when they really should have been stocking up on sweatpants. #StayHome
I worked the night shift at Sinai Health System last night. Dr. Paul Koblic worked the casino shift from 9 pm to 4 am. I'm old and he's young. He offered to stay all night if necessary to do the intubations so I wouldn't have to risk getting #COVID19. I'm crying as I write this.
Coronavirus is the “great equalizer” the same way that climate change is the “great equalizer,” which is to say: not at all. Communities of color, lower income households and vulnerable populations are bearing the brunt of covid 19
Not SARS. Not Influenza. It’s the ultimate cognitive challenge for an expert: to apply what they understand (flu) to what they don’t (#COVID19), but also have awareness to anticipate problems. Hence, diverse views are critical at high-level tables. https://t.co/0HWvZMRWqC
Fighting #covid19 takes such varied expertise. Shout out to those doing policy prep, writing provincial guidance, coordinating supply chains, & the ON command centre. Your work matters to us in the field. So many-you know who you are! Tagging a few (1/2) @HeAngus…
Nowadays, this qualifies as a good hair day. pic.twitter.com/GjiMme0HxI
Did you know your liver is the only organ that can completely regenerate? AND it only needs 25% of the original tissue to do so.😱 It would take about 8-15 days. #FridayFacts🎊
Happy #MondayFunday! If you need to make another grocery store run, you should take a look at these #healthyfoods for your liver based on the 2019 Canada Food Guide. Remember, a healthy liver is a happy liver! https://t.co/8zdObeoXmU
AASLD has created "Clinical Insights for Hepatology and Liver Transplant Providers During the COVID-19 Pandemic" It provides data on #COVID19, & how it may affect hepatologists & liver transplant providers & their patients. Read it: https://t.co/J2dj8Dr9ur…
On any given day, our @UHN liver clinic has 70-100 patients. This past week, we had 5 patients a day in the clinic. Next week will be even fewer. No cancellations - just changed to virtual visits. Protecting our patients and caring for them is PRIORITY #1.…
Good morning everyone! Due to COVID-19, we will be postponing all testing events until further notice. Stay safe! #WashYourHands
Every year we see so many organisations holding screening sessions on #WorldHepatitisDay! We cannot achieve #elimination without diagnosing those who have #hepatitis & linking them to care. To all the organisations who are helping do this - you're doing incredible work!…
We love to see this! One of our team members, David, travelled up North to Indigenous communities with a bus and offered hep C testing to every family for our #HepCHealthDrive! 🚌💉 #EndHepC #AccessibleCare https://t.co/Tlbly7yyez
St. Patrick's day is around the corner🍀 and we know you want to relax and enjoy some drinks🍻 - remember to drink in moderation! Men should have less than 14 drinks per week. Women should have less than 7 drinks per week. #ProtectTheLiver Learn more: https://t.co/qsRAAqmMZ8
Viral #hepatitis causes millions of deaths. However unlike other global killers such as malaria and HIV, #hepatitis is constantly neglected and public awareness remains low. We want to change this. Join #NOhep and help us make a difference: https://t.co/4lF4Xnksmq…
Good news! We are officially launching our #20KFor2020 campaign! 🎊 We are working with our partners to test 20K people in 2020 to achieve the @WHO goal of eliminating viral hepatitis by 2030. Check out our website for more information⬇️⬇️ https://t.co/We7AgQqra2
#RareDiseaseDay @EU_Health #RareLiverDisease @eurordis @ERN_RARE_LIVER @WHO_Europe @Marko_Korenjak #PBC #PSC #autoimmuneliverdiseas...... @PBCers @PBC_Canada @PSCSupportUK @PSCPartners pic.twitter.com/itdwC1EYp2
We have been working on a very exciting project that we cannot wait to announce! But, first, we want to hear from you. What content are you most interested in seeing from us? Vote below!👇🏽
"While deaths due to other infectious diseases have declined, deaths due to viral hepatitis have actually increased—by 22%—since 2000..." https://t.co/tG1Uf2VkvS
If you read the article that we posted yesterday then we want to hear from you -- if you haven't read it then go check it out! Like this tweet if you think we can reach the @WHO goal of eliminating viral hepatitis by 2030🌎👍🏽 What else could be done to achieve this…
Did you know @WHO has a "goal to eliminate viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030"? 🌏 This article does a good job identifying the barriers that prevent us from achieving this goal. Take a look! 👀 https://t.co/KXFArWf296
Hey Boomers, this one's for you! https://t.co/lsTVOFgCfD
The #HBV vaccine prevents one of the deadliest forms of cancer. Yet only 1 in 4 adults is vaccinated. Prevent cancer, get vaccinated. #HepatitisB #HPV @preventcancer @Voices4Vaccines https://t.co/9R9vLtXCSX
Thank you to everyone who came to Toronto Western to get tested! We will be here for the next two hours -- come find us in the Helliwell Atrium to receive your free test🏥
Stop by the Atrium at Toronto Western this Wednesday between 10 am and 3 pm for free hepatitis C testing via a finger stick. https://t.co/HOqrYKic30
Happy Monday! We wanted to remind you guys about our testing event happening this week at Toronto Western -- hope to see you there! pic.twitter.com/NIfdOYQvwj
We are in the Eaton Lobby of the Toronto General Hospital right now doing FREE Hepatitis C testing! If you are in the area please drop by -- it only takes 20 minutes! #hepctest
Did you know that people born between 1945 and 1975 are at a higher risk for being infected with HCV? If that's you, take a look at this article that will give you the rundown on everything you need to know about HCV! https://t.co/64SvRYhKLB
For anyone wondering when we will be hosting our next testing event, check out the 'Get Tested!' page on our website for all upcoming events. https://t.co/9lhwaG3NbG
Good morning! The only event we have this week will be on Wednesday at the Toronto General Hospital -- hope to see you there👇😄 pic.twitter.com/OtZVuyXWGE
"If we have a donor who is Hepatitis C positive, and with healthy organs, all those organs should be used." Take a look at this article on how certain transplant programs are now accepting organs from donors who had an active Hep C infection. https://t.co/nsxeIApqBC
"At least 5,189 prisoners housed in jails across [Pakistan] are suffering from diseases like HIV/Aids, and hepatitis C." https://t.co/FdXba0n3VY
Happy Monday! It's a cold one so bundle up❄️☃️Don't forget that next Wednesday we will be testing in the Eaton Lobby of TGH -- see you there!
Today, we remember the #health disparities and inequalities that individuals living with #hepatitisB face on a daily basis. #MLKDay is a reminder to never settle for injustice, even if the journey is difficult. #HBV #hepB #MLK pic.twitter.com/R3Bk4QVJDE
When you get a moment, you should check out the latest study of the Global Hepatitis B Virus Core Antibody Diagnostic Kits Market!📑 "...details regarding the cost structure, manufacturing processes and other vital components are referenced." https://t.co/G0VK9e1xgS
95% of 21,370 people who received hepatitis C treatment were cured during 2017. At the end of 2017 there was still 182,144 people in Australia living with chronic hepatitis C. Find out more #HepFreeAus #hepatitis #hepatitisC #hepC #NOhep https://t.co/I3aQb1SMUE
Good morning! We will be testing at St. Stephens today from 9a - 11:20a☀️😊
"Price said the focus is trying to get patients to a functional cure..." Here's a good article to update you on the research being done around cures for Hep B! https://t.co/Lh3OCYNlk6
We only have one testing event this month! It will be at the Toronto General on January 29! Make sure to stop by the Eaton Lobby to receive your free hepatitis C test☺️ pic.twitter.com/qUOnqpVYGf
Happy New Year! We hope you had a fantastic break -- time to get back to work😊 We will be testing at Street Health today from 12:30p - 3:30p and screening at AMC on Thursday from 9a - 1p.
#Day9 🎊🎁 The Canadian Liver Meeting was quite eventful for the VIRCAN team, from abstracts to blueprints. Make sure to check out the video of Dr. Feld's presentation. It was an important one! pic.twitter.com/EqLsC3TyuP
Good morning! Today is our last testing event of the year -- make sure to drop by the Eaton Lobby at the TGH for your free Hep C test! We will be here until 3:00pm!
It's World Hepatitis Day! If you were born from 1945 to 1975 - you should be tested for Hep C. We can only cure those we diagnose.
Research never ends...we're not done even in HCV yet - @JMPawlotsky at IAS-coinfection meeting
If only we could all get the drugs this cheaply...but not the only challenge to HCV elimination. Andrew Hill at IAS-coinfection meeting pic.twitter.com/Q3p9mj3uFk
Drug prices still a challenge to HCV elimination but coming down...Andrew Hill at IAS-Coinfection meeting pic.twitter.com/naNiqQrDf6
Lancet: disproving the Cochrane skepticism on the clinical benefits of an SVR with DAA in hepatitis C https://t.co/tupywEkGl7
VIRCAN is a structured academic-community partnership that will address issues throughout the care of viral hepatitis, from diagnosis to treatment to cure.
Based out of the Toronto Centre for Liver Disease (TCLD), one of the largest liver units in North America, the VIRCAN team looks forward to demonstrating how viral hepatitis screening and treatment should be optimized in other urban settings across Canada, and around the world.
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1 to 1 service, health education and promotion in communities across the GTA
Eliminates barriers to full participation. The needs of individuals are of primary importance
VIRCAN Clinics will have strong connections with health system and community partners
VIRCAN team will work in collaborative practice to address the health needs of their clients
FIND A VIRCAN LIVER CLINIC
Viral Hepatitis Care Network (VIRCAN) is an initiative of the Toronto Centre for Liver Disease part of the University Health Network that provides liver related healthcare services you need, at the convenience you want and the standards you deserve, right to your doorstep. VIRCAN Clinics are conveniently located in 4 locations around the GTA.
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Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, and public health goal of reducing community spread, VIRCAN Clinics remain closed for in-person office visits. We will provide an update when we have Public Health guidance to resume usual practice. We are offering virtual care for our follow-up patients via telephone or videoconference at your regular scheduled time. Urgent new consultations MAY also be facilitated via videoconference, while non-urgent referrals will be rescheduled to a later date. Our administrative staff will reach out with further instruction.
We are taking guidance from our regulatory bodies and Public Health, and will reassess in coming days. We encourage all patients to follow widespread recommendations for social distancing, avoiding public gatherings and outings. Our patients over 70, and those with chronic conditions, such as liver cirrhosis, cardiac and respiratory disease, autoimmune diseases and anyone on immunosuppressive medications need to be particularly cautious. Please use an abundance of caution with handwashing, and avoid touching your face to help minimize transmission. All patients who have traveled outside Canada need to self-isolate for 14 days upon return.
Thank you for your understanding and compliance with Public Health recommendations.