Respiratory disease

COVID-19: Safe Use of Urban Parks and Green Spaces During Gradual Lockdown Lifting

The purpose of this document is to provide guidelines to support the use of parks and green spaces during the COVID-19 pandemic. It reviews the main health benefits of green spaces and the basic principles to be respected to reduce the risk of spreading the virus in these areas. The document also presents promising initiatives put forward by municipalities in Québec, Canada and elsewhere in the world aimed at promoting the safe and optimal use of parks and green spaces. Finally, some…

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Recommendations Concerning the reduction of Psychosocial Risk Factors at work in the context of a Pandemic - COVID-19

Psychosocial risk in the workplace are defined as factors related to work organization, management practices, working conditions and social relationships which increase the likelihood of adverse effects on the physical and psychological health of workers exposed (INSPQ, 2016). In the context of a pandemic that significantly affects the usual working conditions, many of these risks may be exacerbated. It is therefore recommended to: 1) Be attentive to the presence of these risk factors…

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COVID-19: Tackling Social Isolation and Loneliness Among Seniors in a Pandemic Context

This document is primarily intended for public health authorities and all stakeholders supporting interventions that address seniors. The content (findings and examples of actions) concern seniors who live at home (in a house, apartment, or collective housing including seniors’ residences) and are not necessarily appropriate for individuals living in residential facilities (CHSLDs, intermediary and family-type resources [RI-FTR]) even though some example actions can apply to these living…

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COVID-19: Adaptation of Public Health Recommendations for Extreme Heat in Accordance with Physical Distancing Recommendations

During periods of extreme heat, public health recommendations encourage the population to stay cool in air-conditioned places like shopping malls and libraries, or by frequenting a swimming pool. These recommendations must be adapted to the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the physical distancing recommendations in effect for the 2020 summer period. The recommendations concerning heat will thus avoid contradicting those concerning COVID-19 and harming the health of individuals as a…

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Mitigating the Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Development of Children Aged 0 to 5: Adapting Public Health Practices to Families and in Living Environments

The COVID-19 pandemic and the measures put in place to reduce the spread of the virus are transforming the daily lives and living environments of Quebec families. This document identifies the conditions created by the context of COVID-19 that may influence the development of children aged 0 to 5 and examines different public health measures to be put in place or adapted to support professional workers in contact with families and children. Particular attention was paid to vulnerable…

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COVID-19: Promoting Mental Health and Well-Being Through Community Resilience and Social Cohesion

The general objective of this document is to support regional public health authorities in implementing action plans to promote mental health, community resilience and social cohesion in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Use of Screens in the Context of the COVID 19 Pandemic – Some Guidelines

Following a request from the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux, this document aims to review the knowledge and recommendations surrounding the use of screens by children and young people and to propose orientations with regard to the main messages that should be conveyed when raising public awareness about the risks associated with the overuse of screens in the context of a pandemic. Particular attention is placed on the effects of screens on young people, given that……

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Preventing Violence and Suicide Within the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Courses of Action

In the current context of childcare and school closures and the suspension of activities outside the family household, the social environment of children is changing rapidly and generates concerns about their safety. The literature also provides evidence that points to an increase risk of violence during periods of crisis. Under normal circumstances, a large proportion of children in Québec are affected by violence and maltreatment. For example, in 2018, many children experienced repeated……

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COVID-19: Opening Community Gardens Safely

A number of questions are arising from regional public health directorates, organizations, and national and regional partners on the possibility of starting the season for community and collective gardens while respecting physical distancing and hygiene measures against COVID-19. Many partners are trying to determine if it will be possible to open community gardens on May 1, the start date for direct seeding. The most significant production usually begins in the second or third week of…

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COVID-19: Conditions Necessary for the Maintenance of Essential Services and the Gradual Opening of Other Workplaces

Any resumption of non-essential services must be carried out in such a way as to control the transmission of COVID-19. In fact, it is of paramount importance to avoid an important increase in the number of people infected, hospitalized or in intensive care, and of deaths. A number of conditions must be respected to ensure the control of COVID-19 in Québec.

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