She might just be the role-model we need right now.
Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health has become a daily face for Albertans, providing updates on the COVID-19 situation and informing us all of the best practices to take as we social distance and self-isolate.
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Hinshaw had actually been self-isolating earlier this week, as she had symptoms that were more in line with the common cold than coronavirus, but she wanted to take every precaution.
We will all have to watch it from our respective quarantine pods, but I think I know who should be this year’s Stampede Parade Marshall. pic.twitter.com/ahXD0b4MDB
— Mike Morrison 🏳️🌈 (@mikesbloggity) March 17, 2020
She tested negative for the virus by Tuesday, and she returned to her podium in person for a March 17 update in a dress emblazoned with the periodic table — and the internet took notice.
@CMOH_Alberta umm…was that a Periodic Table dress the Doctor was wearing today? How much cooler can she get??!!
— Joseph Kalin (@LittleJoeKalin) March 18, 2020
Wait a second! The only @CMOH_Alberta update I’ve missed and she was wearing a periodic table of elements dress‽
Dr. Hinshaw, I think I’m in love; don’t worry though, I’ll adhere to social distancing. 😍
— Krista 👸🏻 (@Kage_99) March 18, 2020
— Kristina Miller (@k_miller_11) March 17, 2020
I wish I was cool enough to wear a periodic table dress.
— Shauna (@SLShockeyfan) March 18, 2020
— Rida_A (@ridabobeeda) March 17, 2020
Can we take a moment to recognize how cool Dr. Hinshaw is? She has the periodic table on her dress. She is an amazing leader plus a super cool science gal. How is she not Alberta’s premier? pic.twitter.com/QSPhvxSpWK
— Sarcastic Acid (@Sarcastic_Acid) March 18, 2020
For those who didn’t know – Dr Hinshaw is on Twitter @CMOH_Alberta and is a must follow.
Come for the periodic table dress,
Stay for lifesaving facts!
Follow! 👇🏼 https://t.co/Ucqp4oTsNx
— Jeff Nash (@_JeffNash) March 19, 2020
The store that sells the dress, Smoking Lily, is a BC-based retailer with a store in Victoria and one in Vancouver.
Hinshaw’s appearance in the science-forward dress has sparked quite the demand for it, as the store’s website states that the dress has sold out, but that they’ve created a waitlist for those who want to dress like Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.
“Yes, this is the dress you’ve been seeing Dr. Deena Hinshaw wearing on the news,” the dress’ description reads on the Smoking Lily website.
“The Point Grey Dress is super comfortable and has stylish details: box pleat shoulder on a cuffed half sleeve, draped boat neck and pockets. Printed by hand in our studio with the Periodic Table.”
Those who would like to join the waitlist can email [email protected] with the size they would like, as they’ll be making more “as soon as [they] can track down more fabric.”
So here’s to Dr. Hinshaw, for keeping us updated on the situation, providing a great example of best safe practices, and for repping science while doing it.
With coronavirus on the rise, Health Canada is reminding individuals who attend events and large gatherings to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. Also, due to unexpected cancellations, please check the event you plan to attend is still taking place. Keep up with COVID-19 news here.