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Communicable diseases “way down” in Nunavut due to COVID-19 containment – Nunatsiaq News

2 June 2020

Less medical travel, routine procedures deferred, virtual checkups, all consequences of COVID-19

Rates of communicable diseases in Nunavut have dropped “significantly” since the territory went into lockdown against COVID-19, says the Department of Health’s chief of staff.

“Bronchiolitis is down, pneumonia is down, the flu pretty much wasn’t a thing this year,” said Dr. François de Wet.

These diseases are generally present in high rates in the winter and early spring, de Wet said. But social distancing measures taken to guard against the pandemic seem to have also stopped their spread, he said.

People are working from home, and bars, restaurants, gyms, libraries, schools and daycares are all closed.

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