The COVID-19 pandemic planning affects us all as we adjust day-to-day activities to minimize risk to ourselves, loved ones, and our community at large.

See below for INFORMATION for instructions if you feel sick, or are taking medications that affect your immune system, and for steps and precautions to take.

If you have questions or concerns, stay home and call the clinic at 514-934-1934, 1, 38809. If you have an appointment scheduled with Dr. Jack, your scheduled appointment may be changed to a PHONE CALL instead of a visit in-person. If your appointment is changed, you will be called and notified and a plan will be made for you.

If you were asked for testing such as blood tests, please complete the testing requested.

INFORMATION:

Do you feel sick?

  1. If you have symptoms of cough, cold or flu AND have traveled recently outside of Canada AND/OR have a personal contact with someone who has COVID-19, you meet criteria for testing, please see BOX 1 (below).
  2. If you have symptoms of cough, cold or flu, but have not traveled or had known contact with someone who has COVID-19, you do not currently meet criteria for testing. (As per Santé Montréal, you must meet two criteria to be tested, including ONE contact and ONE clinical criteria, as detailed under CRITERIA below).

DO YOU TAKE MEDICATIONS BY MOUTH THAT AFFECT YOUR IMMUNE
SYSTEM?

If you are on cyclosporine, prednisone, methotrexate or cellcept, you may be considered immunosuppressed, and the best course of action is to act preventatively, STAY HOME, and self-isolate. Please see attached here a letter for your employer for leave from work, if required.

Currently, we do not have information on increased risk of complications with Covid-19 if you are immunosuppressed without any other risk factors; however, in general, you may have increased risks with respiratory viruses and infections. The current recommendation is to continue your medication as it is prescribed.

DO YOU TAKE DUPIXENT INJECTIONS ?

Currently, we do not have information on increased risk of complications with Covid-19 if you take DUPIXENT without any other risk factors. This medication only affects a small branch of the immune system. The current recommendation is to continue your medication as it is prescribed.

HOW TO SELF-ISOLATE AND TAKE PRECAUTIONS TO LIMIT YOUR
RISKS:

Please follow public health recommendations. See information and steps in the links below.

BOX 1

If you have symptoms of cough, cold or flu AND have traveled recently outside of Canada AND/OR have a personal contact with someone who has COVID-19, you may meet criteria for testing, please call 1-877-644-4545 (despite wait times, a plan will be made for you), and notify the clinic 514-934-1934, 1, 38809.

AS OF MARCH 18, IF NO TRAVEL, NO CONTACT with known COVID-19, then no testing is being performed until further notice: please stay home and self-isolate until symptoms resolve and then for another 48h.

If you have fever (>38) or difficulty breathing, call the clinic immediately at 514-934-1934, 1, 38809 for further instructions, and/or present to emergency.

other resources:

National Eczema Association
Ask the Ecz-perts: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
What You Need to Know

Santé Montréal
Information and recommendations for Montrealers

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
Eczema, Hand-Washing and the New Coronavirus (COVID-19): Protecting Yourself and Your Skin

Public Health Agency of Canada
How to Wash Your Hands

CBC Health
What to do if you think you have COVID-19: A guide to each province and territory

BBC News Video
Four Ways to Protect Yourself From Coronavirus

BBC News
Coronavirus: What are social distancing and self-isolation?

BBC News Video
Coronavirus: Why we touch our faces and how to stop it

The Eczema Society of Canada
Ask the Doctor: Eczema and Covid-19