COVID-19 long-haulers plead for more support; Look out for COVID app scams: CBC's Marketplace Cheat Sheet

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St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver is home to the Post-COVID-19 Recovery Clinic, aimed at providing specialized care and followup for people who were diagnosed with COVID-19 and are now in recovery. (Maggie MacPherson/CBC)

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Why Canada's support for COVID-19 long-haulers is lagging

Canadians who experience symptoms of COVID-19 long after first getting ill told CBC's Marketplace and The National they are struggling to access the medical care they need. Countries such as the U.K., meanwhile, are funding specific health-care services for those known as long-haulers. Read more

Why Canada’s support for COVID-19 long-haulers is lagging (Marketplace)

The National

2 months ago
Canadians who experience symptoms of COVID-19 for weeks or months after first getting ill told CBC's Marketplace and The National they are struggling to access the medical care they need. Countries such as the U.K., meanwhile, are funding specific health-care services for those known as long-haulers. 4:31

Scammers are using fake COVID-19 apps to steal personal data. Here's what you need to know

If you're looking to download apps to learn more about COVID-19, be sure to triple check the source. According to the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, thousands of fake Canadian government websites, emails and apps that take advantage of the pandemic to try to mine personal data or steal money have been taken down in the last few months. The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, meanwhile, said between March 6, 2020, and Jan. 10, 2021, there were 8,583 Canadian victims of a wide range of COVID-19 fraud. Read more

Scammers are trying to trick Canadians into downloading fake COVID-19 apps that act as malware to steal personal data or money. (Suttipun/Shutterstock)

Snowbirds who got the vaccine early are now facing a backlash from their American neighbours

The story has made national headlines in the United States: Foreigners aged 65 and older in Florida, including Canadian snowbirds, are being offered the COVID-19 vaccine.

Some snowbirds who made the journey to Florida this winter — despite Canada's advisory not to travel abroad during the pandemic — are counting their lucky stars, as they could wait months to get the shot in Canada. But they also face a backlash from some locals who argue non-Floridians shouldn't get early access to vaccines that are currently in short supply. Read more

A scene from a national NBC News story covering the contentious issue of out-of-state residents — including Canadian snowbirds — getting the COVID-19 vaccine in Florida. (NBC Nightly News)

COVID-19 could shutter more than 200,000 Canadian businesses forever, CFIB says

When the pandemic is over, will your favourite local business still be around? 

According to new research, more than 200,000 Canadian businesses could close permanently during the COVID-19 crisis, throwing millions of people out of work as the resurgence of the virus worsens across much of the country.

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business said Thursday that one in six, or about 181,000, Canadian small business owners are now seriously contemplating shutting down.

The latest figures, based on a survey of its members done between Jan. 12 and 16, come on top of 58,000 businesses that became inactive in 2020. Read more

The CFIB says one in six of its members are contemplating closing up shop for good. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

What else is going on? 

Manitoba hospitals using PPE linked to overseas factories with forced labour allegations
Workers exposed to debt bondage, excessive overtime, unsafe working conditions: Marketplace investigation.

Dollarama stores fined for inadequate sanitary measures
Quebec's workplace safety board has issued fines to nine Dollarama locations in the province for failing to respect sanitary guidelines.

StatsCan undertakes hiring spree ahead of 'contact-free' census
All efforts will be made to complete census online, by phone or on paper, agency says.

Sweet rice pancake products sold across Canada recalled due to undeclared egg
Wang Korea products were sold in Ontario, Alberta, Quebec, Manitoba, B.C., N.B. and N.S.

Amy's brand Golden Lentil Dal Soup recalled due to undeclared egg
Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

This week on Marketplace

Canada's forgotten patients: COVID long-haulers/ Sulphites in wine


2 months ago
Sick for months, and stuck paying thousands in medical bills. The truth about how Canada is failing Covid long-haulers. Plus, will getting rid of sulphites in wine get rid of your hangover? 22:31

If you catch COVID-19 — you either get sick at home, become sick enough for hospital, or in the worst-case scenario, you lose your life. Or so our thinking often goes. What we don't talk about are the thousands of Canadians who never got better.

They are called COVID long-haulers, many of whom have cognitive and heart and lung problems, among others, that persist for weeks, sometimes months.

Many can't work, can't drive, can barely get up stairs, forget their own birthdate, don't remember their pet's name, can't be trusted in front of a stove — and much more. 

In the U.K., they've got over 80 clinics to offer specialized care to long haulers to help their recovery. In Canada, we've only got a handful.

They're not even in every province, and not always covered by the health-care system either. And the rate of long-haulers could be one out of every three people infected!

Please join us as we meet Canada's forgotten COVID patients, and seek an answer to the question they're asking: where is the help?

Plus, our buzzkill team is taking a look at products promising to prevent headaches from drinking wine.

There are dozens of products on the market claiming they can solve the age old problem, and they point to something called sulphites as the culprit. Wands, drops, and sprays suggest sulphites — a naturally occurring byproduct of fermentation — are the cause of those headaches, and that they offer a quick solution. Science, though, says otherwise! 

So be sure to tune in before you shell out for these questionable, quick fixes that are popping up online and in newsfeeds everywhere.

Catch up anytime on CBC Gem.

-The Marketplace team

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