Babies developed blisters, swelling after touching disinfected shopping carts, Manitoba moms say

Three Manitoba mothers are warning other parents about letting their children near shopping carts that have been sanitized with disinfecting chemicals, after they say their babies developed blisters, rashes and swelling from touching carts at a grocery store this month.Ashley Cochrane of Grandview, Man.,...

COVID-19 not very infectious 8 days after symptoms occur, Winnipeg study suggests

COVID-19 appears to be infectious only for the first eight days after patients experience symptoms, Winnipeg researchers conclude in a study that, if confirmed by further work, could have implications for the way the disease is treated, isolated and prevented.In the...

National strategy needed to address grieving process ‘distorted’ by pandemic, coalition says

Tasha Jory, 37, struggles with what she calls "suspended grief" over her father's death. Dale Hunter, who lived on a southwestern Manitoba farm near Belmont, died suddenly at home from a heart attack on April 20. He was 60 years old. Jory,...

Head of National Microbiology Lab resigns, takes bio-research job in U.K.

The head of the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg has suddenly resigned to work with a bio-research institute in the United Kingdom.Dr. Matthew Gilmour is leaving to work for the Quadram Institute Bioscience, and will be filled in for by his adviser, Dr. Guillaume Poliquin,...

Antibody tests could shine light on ‘stealth virus’ that causes COVID-19, including early cases, experts say

A newly approved blood test could answer a question on many Manitobans' minds — was that knock-down, drag-out flu they recently had actually COVID-19?It probably wasn't, scientists say. But it's not clear who will get to find out — or when. "The...

Cancer patient dies alone in Winnipeg hospital after family denied palliative visits

A terminally ill woman has died alone after hospital staff prevented family from staying by her bedside, despite the fact she was in palliative care.Cora Krall was admitted to Winnipeg's St. Boniface Hospital April 24 because of complications from cancer....

Lessons learned during H1N1 guide Ottawa’s response to COVID-19 in First Nations

The federal government is looking to hire paramedics who can fly up to remote First Nations in case there's a surge of COVID-19 cases — evidence, officials say, of a different approach to Indigenous health care than during the H1N1 outbreak.It's "a...

‘Doing my damnedest’: Family living in a shutdown world of COVID-19 juggles a lot — with very little

Mary Burton wakes up around 6 a.m. every day to soak in quiet time before the chaos.She makes coffee, checks her work computer and starts a breakfast of homemade bannock — then braces for the smell to jolt her three grandchildren and husband from their slumber. Once...

Cree-speaking raven puppet gives COVID-19 health information

A Manitoba researcher is using part of his $500,000 federal grant to not only study how COVID-19 is affecting Indigenous communities but also to help them survive it.One of the first projects Steph McLachlan commissioned is a public health video delivered...

How the Spanish flu compares to COVID-19: Lessons learned, answers still being pursued

The learned experiences from a devastating flu pandemic 100 years that staggered the world don't make it any easier this time around, says a historian and author who specializes in health and infectious disease.While there are many similarities between how society is responding to...
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