Smokers face heightened risk of COVID-19, Nunavut’s Health Department warns

"Quitting smoking is an important part of fighting COVID-19"

The Government of Nunavut is giving people a new reason to quit smoking this year: it could help lessen the risk of contracting COVID-19. “Having lung problems from smoking might increase the risk of getting COVID-19 and may make some symptoms of the illness worse,” the Government of Nunavut said in a news release Jan....

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Nunavut health minister gets his flu shot

Nunavut Health Minister George Hickes receives his annual flu shot on Tuesday, Oct. 20. “The flu shot is something that’s very important not just to protect ourselves but for the people that we are around or come into contact with, like, under the COVID-19 measures, wearing a mask,” he said. This year Hickes was also joined by Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s chief public health officer, who also received a shot. “The flu shot is the best defence against getting the flu and while it does not protect against COVID-19. The flu vaccine can help reduce the number of respiratory infections we see this fall and winter,” said Patterson. “As COVID-19 has similar symptoms to the flu, reducing your risk of getting the flu also means reducing the chance that you will be isolated, while you are tested for COVID-19.” (Photo by Dustin Patar)