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The Voice of People With Breast Cancer

& Breast Cancer

COVID-19 and Breast Cancer: Resources and Updates for November 20th

If you think that you may have the COVID-19 virus, you can use this self-assessment tool

If you have any questions about the impact of COVID-19 as a breast cancer patient, email us at

COVID-19 and Cancer Research

In the summer of 2020, the CanCertainty Coalition surveyed over 5,000 Canadians to assess and understand the challenges people are facing related to accessing their necessary medications during the pandemic. The following are key findings of the report:

  • Sixty-six percent of Canadians under the age of 65 years said they (or someone in their household) takes at least one prescription medication. In addition, 20% said they require more prescription medications since the pandemic began.
  • One-third of people under 65 years said as a result of the pandemic, their household requires additional help to cover the costs of medications.
  • One in six people under 65 years said their employment status changed, resulting in a change of insurance coverage for prescription medications.


The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it a lot of negative feelings and emotions. Those working in healthcare may be surrounded by grief, uncertainty and loss, among other things. To address the grief and stress that healthcare working may be facing, Canadian Virtual Hospice has put together a free, online module titled, For people working in healthcare: Module 1 - COVID-19 and grief.

COVID-19 Updates Across Canada

Since our last newsletter, here are some of the recent news and updates related to the COVID-19 pandemic across Canada that may be of interest to you. Please note that this list is not exhaustive and is current as of November 19th.


  • AHS will no longer provide direct notifications of close contacts of positive cases to individuals outside of its identified three priority groups
  • Individuals who get a positive COVID-19 diagnosis can notify close contacts by text via an online portal
  • Alberta Health Services will be providing various free, online workshops to help Albertans manage stress

British Columbia

  • The current rent freeze has been extended until July 10, 2021


    Nova Scotia

    • Hector Arena is open for walking on weekdays to help seniors stay active during the winter months

    Prince Edward Island




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