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'Sitting back and watching': Why Vulnerable Canadians can't Celebrate the Reopening

Global News

While many Canadians are enjoying the country’s reopening — including gathering in parks, enjoying lunch on a patio and shopping inside stores — the lockdown remains strict for those who are immunocompromised.  Health Canada states on their website that vulnerable people, including those with underlying medical conditions, a compromised immune system, or are elderly, are at greater risk for severe complications if they are infected with COVID-19. 

The “reopening” of the country simply doesn’t apply to immunocompromised people, said Kristy Dickinson, 43, the founder of Chronically Simple, a health-care app that helps patients with complex illnesses manage their disease and keep their paperwork in one place.

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