During the COVID-19 pandemic, new things are constantly popping up on social media, including hashtags in support of public health officials. Theresa Tam is getting some love on Twitter with a hashtag dedicated specifically to supporting her.
Each day, Dr. Tam and other Canadian officials address Canadians about the state of the virus in our country.
During the day on April 18, #IStandWithDrTam actually trended on Twitter after people started tweeting kind things about her and messages to her with the hashtag.
Those included tweets about her calmness and intelligence as she addresses Canadians every day.
The point of the hashtag and tweets is to show support and love for Canada's Chief Public Health Officer.
All of this happened in response to a petition for Dr. Tam to be fired, launched by Rebel News on April 16.
In one of the many tweets of support for Tam, someone said that she "has been doing an exceptional job, all the while maintaining her professionalism and calm demeanour."
"She is impressive in her knowledge, calmness and level-headedness," another said.
One person also thanked Dr. Tam "for keeping Canadians updated and informed about the virus."
Even Green Party leader Elizabeth May used the hashtag in a tweet about physical distancing.
Keep it up Canada! Socially connected - Physically distant! #IStandWithDrTam #GPC #COVID19— Elizabeth May (@Elizabeth May)1587231410.0
Thank you Dr Tam. You are saving lives everyday with your tireless work. Stay strong and know that you have my stro… https://t.co/3rTpvuv9vi— BabsWearsAMask (@BabsWearsAMask)1587221376.0
In this unprecedented time, Dr Tam has been doing an exceptional job, all the while maintaining her professionalism… https://t.co/6ZET9y8i0d— Monika Field 🎶 (@Monika Field 🎶)1587214772.0
#IStandWithDrTam she is impressive in her knowledge, calmness and levelheadness. we need her. https://t.co/vAmqYxFDjz— virginia hair (@virginia hair)1587226220.0
#IStandWithDrTam who has gracefully shown us that even when the worst in our society show their ugliness, defeating… https://t.co/isQTGFu5FU— ahhh nuts! (@ahhh nuts!)1587220381.0
#IStandWithDrTam Thank you Dr. Tam for keeping Canadians updated and informed about the virus, and for advising all… https://t.co/mzoaXicZL1— John A Black III 🇨🇦 (@John A Black III 🇨🇦)1587225568.0
Dr. Tam has my respect, trust, and gratitude. #IStandWithDrTam— Kim (@Kim)1587225552.0
Thank you Dr. Tam #IStandWithDrTam https://t.co/yiI0cf8Ur8— Tina Femme Fatale🐓🍷🌞🌎☮️🇨🇦🇬🇧🐩🐷🐴🐝🦋🦉🐘 (@Tina Femme Fatale🐓🍷🌞🌎☮️🇨🇦🇬🇧🐩🐷🐴🐝🦋🦉🐘)1587220175.0
Another person tweeted that "Dr. Tam and all health workers need our support."
Another said she gives a "clear, concise, calm delivery of the information that Canadians need."
"Happy to have an excuse to publicly support Dr. Tam, who is doing an excellent job in difficult circumstances," someone else said.
#IStandWithDrTam is the easiest tweet I've ever contemplated. Shame on anyone turning a global pandemic is petty,… https://t.co/IsmHqGJxnx— Maxdad (@Maxdad)1587228000.0
Dr. Tam and all health workers need our support. Follow the science, listen to legit doctors, read legit medical jo… https://t.co/a85oXWYrrb— 🦋Rahma 慈悲 🇸🇴🇨🇦 👁 (@🦋Rahma 慈悲 🇸🇴🇨🇦 👁)1587224614.0
I like people with brains so that's why #IStandWithDrTam #COVID19 🇨🇦— settofaze (@settofaze)1587223402.0
#IStandWithDrTam If you don't, then please provide 100 words or less on what you're doing to help in the time of… https://t.co/JDLQdZ7OUp— Lorimer Shenher (@Lorimer Shenher)1587226938.0
Thank goodness for Dr Tam’s clear, concise, calm delivery of the information that Canadians need #IStandWithDrTam— Alison Earl (@Alison Earl)1587225021.0
Happy to have an excuse to publicly support Dr Tam, who is doing an excellent job in difficult circumstances #IStandWithDrTam— Em😷✍️🖌️🎨🖼️📚🇨🇦 (@Em😷✍️🖌️🎨🖼️📚🇨🇦)1587228266.0
In a press conference on April 17, Andrew Scheer said, "we have concerns with the accuracy of the information and the directions that are coming out of Health Canada."
Though he did note that he doesn't believe Dr. Tam should be scapegoated for decisions made by the government.
On April 13, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney had criticized Dr. Tam and accused her of just repeating messages coming from China when it comes to COVID-19.
A day earlier, he also said that he directed officials to consider using tests, vaccines, or medications even if Health Canada hasn't approved them.
Dr. Tam has been Canada's Chief Public Health Officer since 2017.