At times it is hard to remember what we did before COVID-19 became a noun, adverb and acronym, seemingly overnight. The impact on people’s lives is immeasurable. Here is one person’s story about the time before COVID-19 hit Nova Scotia, and how he was able to adjust with the use of his phone and clinical care and support.
Tucked away in the far left-hand corner of the province, health promoters chip away every day, trying to make the communities of Eastern Nova Scotia (Cape Breton, Antigonish and Guysborough areas) healthier. Although it’s not an easy task, the mental health and addictions health promotion team supports the overall health and mental wellness of our communities.
As the Public Health physician team that investigates and supports every single occurrence of COVID-19 infection in our province, we feel compelled to tell Nova Scotians how harmful it is to stigmatize people and communities with COVID-19. Individually and collectively, we need to avoid blaming and instead, focus on our common humanity during this trying time.