Tag Archives: News/Health

Meet the experts trying to change the way we communicate about COVID-19

By | October 15, 2020

Keeping up with Canada’s COVID-19 public health information can feel like a full-time job.  Ever-changing daily case numbers, countless news conferences, conflicting advice from officials and constantly updated guidelines can be overwhelming at the best of times. So a group of experts has stepped up in an attempt to help with information overload by explaining the coronavirus in a clear and concise way… Read More »

No more nose swabs? Why a saliva test for COVID-19 could be a ‘game changer’

By | August 22, 2020

Instead of having an extra-long swab pushed way up your nose, you could soon just spit into a cup to get tested for COVID-19.  SalivaDirect, a cheap, saliva-based test for the disease developed by researchers at Yale University, received emergency authorization for use from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration earlier this week. The test was developed with the… Read More »

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 »