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Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on COVID-19

OTTAWA, May 31, 2020 /CNW/ - In lieu of a daily in-person update to the media, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, issued the following statement today:"As of Sunday, May 31, there are now 90,516 cases, including 7,092 deaths and 48,573 or 54% have now recovered. Labs across Canada have tested over 1,663,000 people for COVID-19 to date, with about 5% of these testing positive overall. Over the past week, we have been testing an average of 22,300 people daily. AToday, on World No Tobacco Day, we are reminded that lung health remains an important consideration as the global community confronts an outbreak of COVID-19, a respiratory disease.In Canada, smoking is the leading preventable cause of premature death and disease. Smoking tobacco is also a known risk factor for many respiratory infections, including the flu. In light of the pandemic, Canadians smokers and their loved ones may be concerned whether smoking increases their susceptibility to infection or severe outcomes from COVID-19. While we continue to learn more about the virus everyday, preliminary scientific evidence suggests a history of smoking may substantially increase the chance of adverse health outcomes for COVID-19 patients. Having an underlying health condition, such as one caused by smoking, also puts you at risk for more serious illness and even death.
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