COVID-19 and Indigenous Communities: Family Conversations – CFN

March 30, 2020

A longer version of this article was originally published on the Yellowhead Institute website on March 16, 2020.

Dr. Alika Lafontaine is an Oji-Cree-Poly award-winning physician, past-President of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada and the first Indigenous physician included in Canada’s 50 Most Powerful Doctors. In this brief, he shares advice he gave to his family on how to respond to COVID-19.

Protecting Elders

When talking about containment of COVID-19 we’re talking about containment for the sake of our Elders and those with chronic medical conditions. It’s really tempting to focus on the risks from COVID-19 that apply to ourselves. But it has become clear (for now at least) that most patients less than 50 years old and who are otherwise healthy are unlikely to develop serious sickness.

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