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Message from the CEO

We find ourselves continuing to face the most pressing global public health emergency since the Spanish Flu pandemic a century ago. The rapid spread of the novel coronavirus, now called COVID-19, around the world has caused a growing anxiety across societies.

We have millions of cases globally, states of emergency have been declared in many countries, and we are inundated with emerging science mixed in with social media opinions and even fake news stories — together fuelling confusion among health-care providers and the public in general. The reality of our federated governance here in Canada has also led to inconsistent information and guidelines across the provinces and territories despite the strong messaging coming from the Public Health Agency of Canada, the federal health minister and even the prime minister.

To provide clarity to the nursing workforce, CNA has analyzed the available evidence and we will update this website as new evidence emerges. The website includes public policy and health systems responses, clinical considerations, implications for the nursing workforce, and case/contact management and treatment. We hope it will help nurses and their organizations to inform decisions in this very challenging situation.

Mike Villeneuve, RN, M.Sc., FAAN
Chief Executive Officer