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The key metric that will tell us if Canada is headed for a U.S.-style COVID-19 crisis

By | July 18, 2020

This is an excerpt from Second Opinion, a weekly roundup of health and medical science news emailed to subscribers every Saturday morning. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can do that by clicking here. A recurring fear looms over newly reopened bars and restaurants, lurking over crowded aisles, clinking glasses and face-to-face banter enlivened by alcohol. Are we sleepwalking toward an American-style coronavirus… Read More »

Why it may be harder to catch COVID-19 from surfaces than we first thought

By | July 11, 2020

This is an excerpt from Second Opinion, a weekly roundup of eclectic and under-the-radar health and medical science news emailed to subscribers every Saturday morning. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can do that by clicking here. Disinfecting groceries, wiping down packages, cordoning off playgrounds.  While those approaches to avoiding COVID-19 infection became commonplace early on in the pandemic, the virus may not… Read More »

Asymptomatic COVID-19 findings dim hopes for ‘herd immunity’ and ‘immunity passports’

By | June 28, 2020

A closer look at people who tested positive for COVID-19 but never developed symptoms has found that such asymptomatic carriers have few to no detectable antibodies just weeks after infection, suggesting they may not develop lasting immunity. There’s growing evidence that a significant proportion of people who test positive for COVID-19 never show symptoms, although it’s not clear what percentage… Read More »

Could Canada avoid a second wave of COVID-19?

By | June 25, 2020

The first wave of COVID-19 is subsiding in Canada, with daily case numbers and hospitalizations falling to rates not seen since the beginning of the pandemic. Predictions on when a second wave of COVID-19 could hit have ranged from the fall and winter months of this year, when flu season traditionally starts, to early next year, similar to… Read More »

How Canada could avoid a 2nd wave of COVID-19

By | June 25, 2020

The first wave of COVID-19 is subsiding in Canada, with daily case numbers and hospitalizations falling to rates not seen since the beginning of the pandemic. Predictions on when a second wave of COVID-19 could hit have ranged from the fall and winter months of this year, when flu season traditionally starts, to early next year, similar to… Read More »

Hydroxychloroquine fails to prevent COVID-19 in those at high risk, trial shows

By | June 3, 2020

The drug hydroxychloroquine, which has been the subject of heated debate as a potential treatment for COVID-19, was not effective in preventing the disease in Canadians and Americans at high risk, according to the first gold standard clinical trial. In Wednesday’s issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, medical researchers reported on testing the use of hydroxychloroquine in… Read More »

Testing for COVID-19 in sewage could serve as ‘advance warning,’ help prepare for 2nd wave

By | May 31, 2020

The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has been found in the feces of infected people. In one way, at least, it’s a good thing — it means testing sewage could potentially be a simple way to detect and track outbreaks, say researchers developing techniques to do just that.  “And so as opposed to testing every single person, we can actually… Read More »

Canadians are accidentally poisoning themselves while cleaning to prevent COVID-19

By | May 5, 2020

From people experiencing burning eyes and trouble breathing to children drinking hand sanitizer, there’s been a jump in the number of cleaner and disinfectant-related accidental poisonings since the COVID-19 pandemic began, as Canadians try to keep themselves and their homes virus-free. According to Health Canada, February and March combined showed a 58 per cent increase from the same period… Read More »

‘Too soon to let our guard down’: How Canada has avoided a surge of COVID-19 cases in hospitals

By | April 16, 2020

Canada has not seen the predicted surge of COVID-19 cases in hospitals that many feared would overwhelm the health-care system and lead to a spike in deaths, but experts say relaxing physical distancing measures anytime soon could put that in jeopardy. There are almost 30,000 presumptive and confirmed cases in Canada, but Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa… Read More »