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Sharing acts of #covidkindness and uplifting stories from the front lines of Canadian health care.

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12 days ago

Med student creates storybook to help kids cope with COVID-19

All proceeds from the new children's book “Patty and the Pandemic” by Nicole Crimi will go to charity.
16 days ago

In Ontario, you can now get tested for COVID-19 at many pharmacies

People who currently have no symptoms of the virus can make an appointment for a test at one of up to 60 pharmacy locations across the province.
20 days ago

Health Canada approves first COVID-19 rapid test

Abbott Diagnostics' ID Now test can produce results in under 15 minutes, and does not require a specimen to be sent to a lab for analysis.
19 days ago

Volunteers installed hand washing stations around Toronto for those experiencing homelessness

CleanHandsTO has installed public hand washing stations at eight locations across Toronto, with more on the way.
Recent News
5 days ago

Donation from the Canadian Medical Association Foundation offers a major boost to long-term care improvement initiative

The $2 million grant to the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement’s LTC+: Acting on Pandemic Learning Together program will double its current funding.
6 days ago

Crowd control efforts at Kemptville testing site modelled after those at Disney theme parks

Dr. Suzanne Rutherford, a fan of Disney theme parks, has designed the appointment system at the North Grenville COVID-19 testing site to function like the FastPass system, cutting down on long lines and wait times.

Music fills the atrium at Credit Valley Hospital, raising the spirits of workers and patients alike

Four health care workers at the Mississauga hospital have taken up playing the piano, replacing volunteers who can’t enter the facility due to the pandemic.

26hr photo project: "...you’re not alone, which makes it a thousand times better.”

This photo series by a resident doctor in Calgary documents the stories of physicians before and after their call.
12 days ago

Med student creates storybook to help kids cope with COVID-19

All proceeds from the new children's book “Patty and the Pandemic” by Nicole Crimi will go to charity.
13 days ago

New family immunity study at CHEO

Researchers at CHEO are investigating why some family members do not contract COVID-19, despite living in the same house with someone who has tested positive for the virus. The study aims to help scientists better understand individual immune response, including how long it lasts.
14 days ago

Meet the Ottawa retiree who headed back to work as a COVID-19 screener

Mike Soloski usually volunteers at the Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre, but wanted to do more— so he’s rejoined the workforce, helping to screen hospital visitors for the virus.

26hr photo project: "It's my daughter's birthday today."

This photo series by a resident doctor in Calgary documents the stories of physicians before and after their call.

B.C. Health workers who contracted COVID-19 are now research participants

A new online portal called REACH BC is matching British Columbians who have had the disease with medical professionals conducting clinical studies that will inform patient care.
16 days ago

In Ontario, you can now get tested for COVID-19 at many pharmacies

People who currently have no symptoms of the virus can make an appointment for a test at one of up to 60 pharmacy locations across the province.
18 days ago

VIDEO: Voices Rock Medicine returns with an inspiring rendition of "Brave"

The community choir of women physicians from the GTA went viral in April with a virtual performance of Leon Dubinsky's "Rise Again".
18 days ago

Containing an outbreak in remote communities: lessons learned from Canada’s largest COVID-19 outbreak in an Indigenous community

Establishing frank, clear communications, collaborating with local leaders, and employing creative problem solving are among the most effective efforts employed in containing an outbreak in northwestern Saskatchewan, and the lessons learned could help other remote, rural areas.
19 days ago

Volunteers installed hand washing stations around Toronto for those experiencing homelessness

CleanHandsTO has installed public hand washing stations at eight locations across Toronto, with more on the way.

Rapid antigen test for COVID-19 developed in Nova Scotia lab

Sona Nanotech in Dartmouth is awaiting Health Canada approval for its 15-minute test, which could ease pressure on Canada’s health care system.
20 days ago

Health Canada approves first COVID-19 rapid test

Abbott Diagnostics' ID Now test can produce results in under 15 minutes, and does not require a specimen to be sent to a lab for analysis.

Alberta Health Services contact tracers, self-described disease detectives

The province has been boosting contact tracing efforts since April, investigating and notifying those who have been in contact with a positive case in order to slow community spread.

uOttawa researchers working on COVID-19 antibodies and nasal spray vaccine—and llamas are involved

The ambitious multi-lab project just received $1 million in funding from CIHR to help create therapeutic and diagnostic antibodies and a vaccine.
22 days ago

Remdesivir has more than one mechanism for treating patients with COVID-19, according to new research from the U of A

The antiviral drug remdesivir inhibits the virus’ ability to replicate, researchers now say it can act as a roadblock against the spread of coronavirus in the body.
25 days ago

Lambton County opens student-only assessment centres

A county in southwestern Ontario has opened COVID-19 testing sites dedicated to school children, in order to reduce the waiting time kids have for test results.
a month ago

N.B. student pairs youth and seniors for companionship during COVID

Hannah Crouse’s efforts have alleviated pandemic-related loneliness and built friendships between older and younger people.
a month ago

Canada's top doctor calls for #COVIDKindness amid increase in cases

Dr. Theresa Tam cited being tested for COVID-19 if you are experiencing symptoms, and helping those awaiting test results with errands, as examples of how Canadians can care for one another during the pandemic.

"Your doctor will see you now."

Saskatchewan family doctors are reaching out through a new video campaign to remind patients that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, they can still have their health concerns addressed.
a month ago

Hair Donation Ottawa goes virtual

An annual CHEO fundraiser in support of Childhood Cancer Awareness month, this year participants are encouraged to film and upload a video of themselves cutting their own hair.
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