COVID-19: Hinshaw update scheduled for 3:30 pm Thursday

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Alberta Chief Medical Officer for Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw will provide Albertans with an update on COVID-19 on Thursday at 3:30 pm

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The appearance, which will also include Alberta Health Services President and CEO Dr. Verna Yiu, is part of a recent surge in COVID-19 updates from Hinshaw as the province grapples with a growing number of cases.

On Wednesday, Alberta reported its youngest COVID-19 death to date as hospitalizations and ICU admissions hit new records.

An 18-year-old from the Midwest was among the 20 deaths reported Wednesday along with 1,040 hospitalizations, including 230 people from Alberta in ICU.

Meanwhile, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) continues to reject misinformation about COVID-19, this time warning physicians that ivermectin should not be prescribed or dispensed, in any way, for prevention or treatment. of COVID-19. .

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In a joint statement with the Alberta College of Pharmacy (ACP) released Thursday, the universities say they have both received reports about the prescribing and dispensing of ivermectin, something that neither Health Canada nor Alberta Health Services recommends.

“The CPSA and ACP are very concerned about a small number of physicians and pharmacists who are spreading misinformation regarding the suitability of ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19,” the statement said.

“There is no evidence that prescribing and dispensing ivermectin is beneficial, but there is certainly a significant risk of patient harm when ivermectin is used in the prevention and treatment of COVID-19. CPSA and ACP do not believe that these behaviors align with the professional responsibility of a doctor or pharmacist towards their patients ”.

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Misinformation about the drug, used to deworm cattle and horses and as an antiparasitic to treat some human conditions, has spread among people seeking alternatives to COVID-19 treatment.

In late August, Health Canada advised Canadians not to use the versions of ivermectin for veterinary or human drugs, saying that “there is no evidence that ivermectin in any of the formulations is safe or effective when used for those purposes. “.

The CPSA and ACP say they have directed all physicians and pharmacy professionals to adhere to the Health Canada notice.

The latest statement comes after the CPSA said it told at least seven doctors who were spreading misinformation about COVID-19 that their behavior was unprofessional.

The university said the doctors who were warned had been spreading misinformation on social media platforms or elsewhere.

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