Navigating Changes to Case and Contact Management

Recently, the Province of Ontario changed how public health units will contact people who test positive for COVID-19. This change is in response to rising cases across the province and will focus on protecting members of our community that are in high-risk settings like schools, retirement homes, other congregate living settings, and acute healthcare settings. With the change, there is … Read More

Omicron: Fact Check

Omicron Fact Check

  There is a myth going around that Omicron is mild. We need to address this myth now. The fact is Omicron is not mild. We know this because: For every 100 new Omicron infections that happen, it will create 332 new (or secondary) infections. Compared to other variants, 100 new infections create 127 other infections. The doubling time, which … Read More

Air it Out! COVID-19 and Home Ventilation

Air it Out! COVID-19 and Home Ventilation With the colder weather and the holiday season upon us, people are more likely to gather indoors. Staying home and gathering with only those in your immediate household remains the safest option. However, understanding how ventilation in indoor spaces can help control the spread of the COVID-19 virus is important to making small … Read More

Two Truths, One Lie

Two Truths, One Lie Which would you pick as the lie? Case counts are rising. Vaccination rates are rising. Vaccines don’t work. With rising case counts and rising vaccination rates, it can appear that COVID-19 vaccines don’t work. But that is not true. COVID-19 vaccines do work and are, in fact, highly effective. So, if you picked #3 as the … Read More

Infection vs. Vaccination: Breastmilk and COVID-19 Antibodies

Since the COVID-19 vaccines have been available, many pregnant and breastfeeding parents have had some hesitation about vaccination. Some of this has been led by misinformation while some has been led by genuine and understandable concern. All expecting and new parents want to do what is best for their little one — this is what CK Public Health wants too. … Read More

Feeling Anxious About Vaccination?

Anxiety towards needles and/or vaccines is a real challenge for many adults and can be a barrier to getting the COVID-19 vaccine. This fear can affect anyone and does not mean that someone is being too sensitive. In fact, the fear of needles is quite common. It affects up to 1 in 4 adults and the majority of children. Getting … Read More

Fast Facts about the COVID-19 Vaccines

We live in an age of information. With the internet, people have unprecedented access to information. Unfortunately, a lot of that information can be misleading or plain inaccurate. Sometimes it is more difficult that you think it would be to evaluate the reliability of the source. In the age of COVID-19, misinformation has played a huge and dangerous role in … Read More

Protect Breastfeeding: A Shared Responsibility – Racial Inequity

Racial Inequity We know that breastfeeding is the best option for feeding your baby, across all ages and races, but, do you think race affects breastfeeding rates? Studies have shown that race may, in fact, play a part in a mother’s decision or ability to breastfeed and for the length of time she decides to do so. Why is this … Read More

Breastfeeding: A Shared Responsibility – Social Inclusion

Social Inclusion What does it take for a Chatham-Kent mother to be able to meet the Global Infant Feeding Recommendation of exclusively breastfeeding for the first 6 months and then continuing to breastfeed and feed solid foods for up to 2 years? It takes a system that supports breastfeeding and includes pregnant and breastfeeding mothers in research, understanding that most … Read More

Breastfeeding:  A Shared Responsibility – Health Services

Health Services In the first 1,000 days of your child’s life you will come in contact with Health Services in multiple settings that can provide a WARM CHAIN that supports your breastfeeding goals. PRENATALLY your Public Health Unit can provide online classes.  Your Health Care Professional (Midwife/ Obstetrician/Nurse Practitioner/Family Doctor) can inform all pregnant women and their partners about the … Read More

Protect Breastfeeding: A Shared Responsibility – Food Security and Income

Breastfeeding: Food Security and Income Over the past year and a half the COVID pandemic increased the number of families struggling to have enough to eat and food insecurity has become a concern for many. Studies show that during an emergency, like a pandemic, children that are not breastfeeding are at greatest risk of malnutrition and illness because supplies can … Read More