Meet the public health detectives working around-the-clock to stop the spread of COVID-19

Behind every known case of COVID-19 is a public health investigator working meticulously to figure out its origin and track its spread. Known as contact tracers, these specially trained sleuths make up the crucial intelligence arm of the battle to...

How to keep COVID-19 stress from ruining your sleep

The strains of worry and upended routine during the COVID-19 crisis aren't exactly helping people sleep well at night.You or someone you love may be battling the novel coronavirus, or your employment may have been blown up by business shutdowns...

Why COVID-19 testing varies so much across Canada

If you just came back from an overseas trip with a fever and a cough, you'll be prioritized for a COVID-19 test in Manitoba and Nova Scotia, but not B.C., Alberta or Quebec.Some provinces are expanding the groups of people who can...

How will the global coronavirus pandemic end?

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. The coronavirus has infected more than a million...

How to interpret COVID-19 disease models and projections

Governments have released models with dire projections about how many people could die from COVID-19 to help get people onside with physical distancing measures. But experts caution models aren't a crystal ball.On Friday, Ontario released a model projecting 3,000 to...

‘No benefit’ to sending seniors ill with COVID-19 to hospital, some nursing homes tell loved ones

As news broke of coronavirus outbreaks in long-term care homes, Dana Schmidt got a phone call that made his heart sink. His mother was in a seniors facility, and it was her doctor on the line. She wanted to review...

‘I was made to feel belittled’: Nurses reveal fears working on front lines of COVID-19 pandemic

Pat Tamlin survived SARS and now the Toronto intensive care nurse is on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic."Is it different this time? Absolutely," she said. Intensive care units are starting to fill up, she said, and she suspects they'll...

As COVID-19 rips through nursing homes, some tell loved ones there’s ‘no benefit’ to sending ill to hospital

As news broke of coronavirus outbreaks in long-term care homes, Dana Schmidt got a phone call that made his heart sink. His mother was in a seniors facility, and it was her doctor on the line. She wanted to review...

Why filling prescriptions just got more complicated and expensive because of COVID-19

It's a change that's meant to keep prescription drug hoarding and shortages at bay, but critics say it's increasing the cost of medication for those who can least afford it.Pharmacies across the country are now filling prescriptions monthly, instead of once...

More evidence emerges that coronavirus infections can spread by people with no clear symptoms

Scientists offered more evidence on Wednesday that the coronavirus is spread by seemingly healthy people who show no clear symptoms, and the U.S. government issued new guidance warning that anyone exposed to the disease can be considered a carrier.A study...
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