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As holidays approach, everyone must do their part to help stop COVID-19

November 25, 2020 — Canada is at a crossroads in our fight against COVID-19. The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) recognizes that this has been a challenging year for everyone, and that as a nation we have made many sacrifices. Unfortunately, these sacrifices must continue. Now is not the time to be complacent. With the holiday season fast approaching, CNA is calling on people living in Canada to come together and support health-care workers by staying apart.

This year, as you begin to plan for your holiday celebrations, please remember to adhere to public health measures and keep your social circles small. It is important to remember that the virus travels with us. If we stop moving, it does too.

Nurses across the country are alarmed by the number of cases being reported. Already we have surpassed levels from the spring and our case count continues to climb daily. In the first wave, we witnessed in other countries the devastating toll the virus can have if left unchecked. Quick and decisive action is required from all people in Canada and all levels of government to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Currently, many provinces and territories are reporting that their hospitals and intensive care units are reaching critical capacity. As the largest group of health-care professionals in Canada, nurses are playing a critical role in the response to this pandemic. During these difficult and unsettling times, and despite the overwhelming burden they face, nurses and other health-care providers continue to show up, willing and ready to take care of the public, even after months of critical fatigue.

In spring, people across Canada showed support to our nurses and health-care workers by staying home and flattening the curve. These efforts managed to spare Canada the devastation witnessed in other countries, but dealt a significant blow to the mental health of everyone, including the nursing and health-care workforce. Nurses continue to be mentally and physically fatigued and are dealing with the increasing challenges being placed on Canada’s health-care system. The country needs to be there again for our health-care workers.

Tim Guest, RN, BScN, MBA
President

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