A former Vancouver city councillor is writing publicly about her treatment for hepatitis C, and is urging others to get tested for the illness.
In a Twitter thread posted Monday, Andrea Reimer said that the B.C. government recently started covering the medication for people who are infected with hepatitis C, but are otherwise healthy.
Before the funding change, Reimer wrote, government would only cover the medication if “you were critically ill, at which point the chances of successful treatment and recovery were much lower.”
In March 2018, Health Minister Adrian Dix announced that a new chronic hepatitis C drug had been added to PharmaCare. The drug, known as Vosevi, was developed to treat adults with hepatitis C who had been unsuccessfully treated with other medications.
“Last year the new B.C. government made treatment available for people with Hep-C who are still healthy, which ups the chances of recovery to 95%,” Reimer wrote. “You also get to miss a lifetime of wondering if and when liver failure will happen and if you’ll be strong enough then to handle treatment.”
According to the B.C. government, around 73,000 British Columbians live with hepatitis C, and around a quarter of those people don’t know they have the virus.
Around 24 per cent of people who get the virus can come through it without treatment. But the remaining 76 per cent develop chronic hepatitis C, and can remain in stable condition for years before the virus may advance.
Because the risk of getting the virus is higher for intravenous drug users and can be sexually transmitted, being diagnosed with hepatitis C can carry a lot of stigma.
If the virus goes untreated, people who are infected can have their liver fail, or can develop liver cancer.
Reimer wrote that even though she experienced a lot of nausea as a side effect of the drug, it was worth it to do the treatment, although she won’t know whether it worked for another six months.
“If you’re a current or former IV drug user please go get tested and take the treatment,” Reimer wrote. “I understand not wanting to know when there was no hope on the other side of knowing but with this new access there is a 95%+ chance that you will save your life.”
The Canadian Hepatitis C Network released a plan to eliminate hepatitis C in May 2019. According to the BC Centre for Disease Control, which contributed research to the plan, recent advances in drug treatment for the virus have made a huge difference in outcomes for patients. Previously, treatment was “gruelling,” with a lot of side effects, and cured only about 40 to 50 per cent of patients.
The antiviral drugs available today have few side effects and cure about 95 per cent of people living with hepatitis C, according to the BC CDC.
In addition to reducing the risk of liver failure or cancer, people cured of hepatitis C also have a lower risk of dying from strokes, heart attacks and kidney failure.Andrea Reimer talks openly about hepatitis C treatment, urges others to get tested.
Flu vaccines on the way to primary health care providers – BlackburnNews.com
Flu vaccines on the way to primary health care providers
October 20, 2020 3:02am
Primary health care providers that plan on delivering the annual flu shot should have their allotment by the end of the week.
The Windsor Essex County Health Unit is starting to distribute flu vaccines to area practices. The health unit is not responsible for distributing vaccines to pharmacies, that’s done on a provincial level.
Dr. Wajid Ahmed is encouraging everyone in the community to get the flu shot, especially those who are high risk.
“The vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, colds or other respiratory illnesses that may be mistaken for influenza but they are not caused by the influenza virus. Still, it would reduce the hospitalization, need for health care services and overall decrease the burden of disease in our community,” said Dr. Ahmed.
Every year in Canada, about 3,500 deaths are linked to the influenza virus or about 1 per cent of confirmed flu cases.
Last year there were about 200 confirmed cases of influenza in Windsor-Essex and no deaths linked to the virus. Ahmed said many people who experience flu-like symptoms at home will never get tested for the virus but it`s estimated about 10-20 per cent of the Canadian population are infected with the flu each year.
So far in 2020, 9,800 people with COVID-19 have died in Canada, about 5 per cent of COVID-19 cases in the country.
N.S. reports two new COVID-19 cases; six active cases remain – CTV News Atlantic
Nova Scotia reported two new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday in the province’s central zone – bringing the provincial total of active cases to six.
According to the province, the new cases are both related to travel outside of the Atlantic bubble, and the two individuals are self-isolating as required.
There is no longer anyone in hospital as a result of COVID-19.
The Nova Scotia Health Authority labs completed 674 Nova Scotia tests on Saturday, with one new case identified.
To date, Nova Scotia has 104,830 negative test results.
There are 1,097 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia, but 1,026 cases are considered resolved, and 65 people have died – leaving six active cases in the province.
There is no one in hospital as a result of COVID-19.
The province’s confirmed cases range in age from under 10 to over 90.
Sixty-one per cent of cases are female and 39 per cent are male.
There are cases confirmed across the province, but most have been identified in the central zone, which contains the Halifax Regional Municipality.
The provincial government says cumulative cases by zone may change as data is updated in Panorama, the province’s electronic information system.
The numbers reflect where a person lives and not where their sample was collected.
- Western zone: 56 cases
- Central zone: 919 cases
- Northern zone: 68 cases
- Eastern zone: 54 cases
STATE OF EMERGENCY RENEWED UNTIL NOVEMBER
The provincial state of emergency, which was first declared on March 22, has been extended to Nov 1, unless government terminates or extends it before then.
COVID ALERT APP NOW AVAILABLE
On Thursday, Nova Scotia Health announced that Canada’s COVID-19 Alert app is now available in the province.
The app, which can be downloaded through the Apple App Store or Google Play, notifies users if they may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
LIST OF SYMPTOMS
Anyone who experiences a fever or new or worsening cough, or two or more of the following new or worsening symptoms, is encouraged to take an online test or call 811 to determine if they need to be tested for COVID-19:
- sore throat
- shortness of breath
- runny nose/nasal congestion
SELF-ISOLATION AND MANDATORY MASKS
Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 is required to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.
Anyone who travels to Nova Scotia from outside the Atlantic region is required to self-isolate for 14 days and must fill out a self-declaration form before coming to the province.
However, the province has eased some self-isolation requirements for out-of-province rotational workers.
Residents of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador are not required to self-isolate when travelling to Nova Scotia, but they must be prepared to provide proof of their place of residency at provincial borders.
Visitors from outside the Atlantic region who have already self-isolated in another Atlantic province for 14 days may travel to Nova Scotia without having to self-isolate again.
It is mandatory to wear a non-medical mask in most indoor public places in Nova Scotia.
News Releases | COVID-19 Bulletin #224 – news.gov.mb.ca
Need More Info?
Public information, contact Manitoba Government Inquiry: 1-866-626-4862 or 204-945-3744.
Media requests for general information, contact Communications Services Manitoba: 204-945-3765.
Media requests for ministerial comment, contact Communications and Stakeholder Relations: 204-945-4916.
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