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CCS actively monitoring and responding to Public Health Agency of Canada recommendations regarding coronavirus disease

March 13, 2020 (Toronto, ON) - The health of Canadians is our priority. We understand how critically important it is to contain coronavirus disease, or COVID-19, because the people we represent are at heightened risk. Their care and well-being are being impacted by the virus and our highest priority is to support them, be good citizens and minimize the impact and duration of the pandemic.

If you are undergoing cancer treatment

Talk to your doctor or healthcare team about your risk. They are the best source of information if you have questions about your risk based on where you live and your medical history. They also will keep you updated about any possible changes to your cancer treatments. Information is available on our website about cancer and COVID-19.

Update on our cancer support system

We are continuing to actively monitor the recommendations of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) regarding COVID-19. PHAC currently rates the risk as low for the general population but this could change rapidly. There is an increased risk of more severe outcomes for Canadians aged 65 and over, as well as people with compromised immune systems or with underlying medical conditions including cancer.

We are taking added precautions with many of our support programs given the people we serve are at an increased risk. These precautions include increased screening and infection control measures. We are also asking our clients, staff and volunteers to follow the preventative recommendations from public health officials. We will continue to reassess daily and prepare for the possibility that we may need to change plans and programs to reflect most current recommendations.

If you are looking for support, our toll-free helpline and online peer support community are playing an important role now in helping people with cancer and their caregivers better manage cancer, find community and connection and build wellness and resilience in the comfort of their homes.

Update on our fundraising activities

In order to put the well-being and safety of people affected by cancer, our clients, event participants, supporters, volunteers and staff first, we are pausing some fundraising activities until after the crisis has passed. This includes postponing our traditional, offline Daffodil campaign involving residential canvassing, flower sales, pin sales, galas and other in-person events.

We are asking independent third-party fundraising event organizers who are planning activities in April to shift to a later date and are also providing guidance on how to adapt their events to ensure they comply with public health recommendations.

There is no doubt this is an unfortunate situation as the Daffodil campaign is a much-anticipated initiative but also a meaningful way for people to show their support for the cancer cause. CCS continues to need this support, especially in this time of increased health concern when people may be staying closer to home or dealing with feelings of anxiety or isolation. In spite of the offline Daffodil campaign not taking place for now, we are encouraging Canadians to continue to show their support by visiting cancer.ca to discover a variety of ways to donate and support our critically-needed activities.

For everyone

To minimize the risk of getting sick, we recommend all Canadians follow the recommendations of Public Health Agency of Canada, including:

• Stay home if you are feeling sick to avoid spreading illness to others.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
• Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol content if soap and water are unavailable.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, especially with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Cough and sneeze into your elbow, not your hands.
• Use cleaning products to disinfect objects and surfaces you commonly touch, such as doorknobs, countertops, phones and toys.

For more details and the latest updates on COVID-19, including travel advice, please visit Public Health Agency of Canada.

For more information, please contact:

Jessica Abdilla
Communications Coordinator
Canadian Cancer Society
National Office
Phone: 416-934-7030
About the Canadian Cancer Society

The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) is the only national charity that supports Canadians with all cancers in communities across the country. No other organization does what we do; we are the voice for Canadians who care about cancer. We fund groundbreaking research, provide a support system for all those affected by cancer and advocate to governments for important social change.


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