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What we’re doing at Epilepsy Toronto

We have closed the Epilepsy Toronto Office until further notice and have cancelled all in-person support groups, workshops and events for now.

We continue to offer individual counselling services over the phone or through online face-to-face platforms. Click here to see a list of our staff with their phone extensions and email addresses. We are also hosting virtual workshops, information sessions and webinars every week. You can find a list of our online events here.

Please reach out if you need us.

Epilepsy Toronto is determined, now more than ever, to continue providing support to those that need us the most.  If you are able, please consider becoming a monthly donor to support our efforts. Thank you!

Information about COVID-19

Keeping informed about the virus is key to preventing it’s spread. Below are some helpful resources and up-to-date information about the virus and tips on how to help prevent its spread.

Epilepsy Toronto’s Webinar Series

COVID-19 & Epilepsy Webinar

Click below to watch our Webinar on COVID-19 and Epilepsy with Neurologist Dr Evan Lewis (Neurology Centre of Toronto) and Nurse Practitioner Ivanna Yau (Sickkids). Click here to download a FAQ fact sheet about COVID19. 

Managing Anxiety During COVID-19 Webinar

Click below to watch our Webinar with Dr. David Gold, a staff neuropsychologist at Toronto Western Hospital, about anxiety management strategies during COVID-19.

Working from Home During COVID-19 Webinar

Epilepsy Toronto’s Employment Specialist Jesse Preston, and long time client/member and occasional staff member, Lindsay Yeo (with years of working from home experience), give a presentation chock-full of tools to help you face the challenges of working from home, followed by a live Q&A.

Epilepsy Medication and COVID-19 Webinar

A discussion with clinical pharmacist, Laura Wang, and neurologist, Dr. Bercovici, about epilepsy medications during COVID-19, followed by a live Q&A.

Managing Family/Household Dynamics During COVID-19 Webinar

Our Director of Adult Services, Rosie Smith, chats with registered family therapist, professor and author, Theo Selles, to discuss strategies to help you and your household manage during this challenging time. Followed by a live Q&A.

VNS (Vagus Nerve Stimulation) Therapy Webinar

Epilepsy Toronto’s Director of Adult Services, Rosie Smith, chats with Cameron Finlay, Manager of Education and a Senior Technical Product Specialist for the Canadian affiliate of LivaNova, the company that manufactures the VNS Therapy device. They were also joined by Dr. Cristina Go, neurologist, pediatric epileptologist, and clinical neurophysiologist at the Hospital for Sick Children.

Women and Epilepsy Webinar

In this webinar, guests Darcia Paul and Paula Marques speak about issues pertaining to women and epilepsy. They will be discussing considerations specific to women living with epilepsy such as puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. Their presentation will be followed by a live Q&A moderated by Epilepsy Toronto’s Adult Services Social Worker, Stephanie Aniol, MSW, RSW.

Epilepsy Medication

For more information and updates about epilepsy medication, visit our Updates About Epilepsy Medication page. 

More COVID-19 Resources

Here are some helpful links with up-to-date information about the virus and tips on how to help prevent its spread.

What to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19

If you or a person in your household have developed flu-like symptoms such as cough, fever or shortness of breath, please seek appropriate medical advice. Symptomatic patients should self-isolate while waiting to reach Telehealth Ontario or seeking medical attention.

Who should visit an Assessment Centre? 

People experiencing at least one of the following symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Fever (temperature of 37.8C or greater)
  • New or worsening cough
  • Shortness of breath (dyspnea)
  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • New smell or taste disorder(s)
  • Nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain
  • Runny nose, or nasal congestion – in absence of underlying reason for these symptoms such as seasonal allergies, post nasal drip, etc.

Note: See the COVID-19 Reference Document for Symptoms for atypical symptoms of COVID-19 which should be considered, particularly in children, older persons, and people living with a developmental disability.

Some asymptomatic individuals may be recommended for testing. This includes if:

  • You were a close contact of someone who has COVID-19;
  • You are concerned you may have been exposed to someone who might have COVID-19, even if you do not have symptoms;
  • You are at high risk for getting COVID-19 through your work (e.g. health care workers, grocery store or food processing plant employees), even if you do not have symptoms.

No Ontarian who is symptomatic or who is concerned they have been exposed to COVID-19 will be declined a test at an Assessment Centre.

 

Click HERE for a list of Toronto Region COVID-19 Assessment Centres.

Who should visit their nearest emergency department?

People with acute medical illness who are experiencing at least one of the following symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Fever (temperature of 37.8C or greater)
  • New or worsening cough
  • Shortness of breath (dyspnea)
  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • New olfactory or taste disorder(s)
  • Nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain
  • Runny nose, or nasal congestion – in absence of underlying reason for these symptoms such as seasonal allergies, post nasal drip, etc.

NOTE: See COVID-19 Reference Document for Symptoms for atypical symptoms of COVID-19 which should be considered, particularly in children, older person, and people living with a developmental disability.

AND:

Have any of the following signs of severe illness:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Weakness
  • Lethargy or drowsiness
  • Dizziness

If you are not well enough to take personal transportation, call 911.

The following infants and children should also be assessed in the emergency department:

  • Infants under 3 months of age with fever or trouble breathing or appear unwell
  • Children and infants over 3 months of age with any of the following:
    • Fever longer than 7 days
    • fast breathing or trouble breathing
    • bluish skin colour
    • not drinking enough fluids
    • not waking up or not interacting
    • being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
    • fever with a rash
    • constant vomiting
    • immune compromised with a fever

Unsure?

People who are unsure should:

  • call their primary care provider, or
  • call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 and speak with a registered nurse who will guide whether you will require further care or potential testing in person, or
  • check the online assessment tool 

Thank you and stay healthy!