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Category: Best Practices

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.
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.
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.
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.
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

Swish, gargle and spit: a made in B.C. solution for COVID testing kids

A less invasive procedure than the nasal swab test, a new mouth rinse test is being introduced in B.C. for testing students from kindergarten to grade 12.
a month ago

Pooled testing shown to reduce labour, increase capacity

Alberta Health Services is looking to introduce a widespread pooling strategy for COVID-19 testing, to save resources and increase turnaround time.
a month ago

Studying the spit test: research suggests saliva testing could still play a role in COVID-19 assessments

A researcher at the Ottawa Hospital studied the feasibility of saliva testing as an assessment tool in remote communities or other challenging populations.
2 months ago

New initiative facilitates translation of COVID-19 information into Indigenous languages

"Since the pandemic began, many Indigenous Peoples have been left behind due to COVID-19 information not being accessible in their languages. Our goal is to bridge this gap by working directly with Indigenous community members to facilitate the translation of accurate COVID-19 information into their local languages."
2 months ago

Antibody study out of Iceland renews hope of lasting immunity

Tests on over 30,000 Icelanders have revealed that coronavirus antibodies last for at least four months, which is good news for vaccine development.
2 months ago

Healthcare providers offer advice for kids and parents worried about back-to-school

Staff from Trillium Health Partners offered some tips and advice for parents and children preparing to return to the classroom.
2 months ago

Groundbreaking molecular studies in London, ON identify ways to predict the severity of illness

Two new studies out of the Lawson Health Research Institute and Western University have identified biomarkers that can predict the severity of patient illness, as well as how blood clots develop in some patients with COVID-19.
2 months ago

CHEO doctor discusses getting back to school safely during COVID-19

CBC radio spoke with pediatric infectious disease specialist Dr. Nisha Thampi about how to keep students, teachers, and staff safer in schools during the ongoing pandemic.
2 months ago

New language guide addresses misinformation and stigma around COVID-19

The BC Centre for Disease Control has released a new language guide for writing about COVID-19. The aim is to make content more inclusive and to reduce stigma and unnecessary fears.
2 months ago

Exploring alternate infection pathways for COVID-19

Researchers from McMaster and the University of Waterloo received funding to investigate how the SARS-CoV-2 virus enters the body, and how that can inform care of at-risk individuals.
2 months ago

Mask study: N95 respirator best, neck fleece worst at preventing COVID-19 infection

A comparative study of 14 different mask designs provides insight and guidance for keeping Canadians safe.
2 months ago

Asymptomatic testing now available at Alberta pharmacies

After running a successful pilot program, Alberta Health Services has recently expanded efforts to provide coronavirus testing to asymptomatic individuals at local pharmacies.
3 months ago

COVID Alert smartphone application now available in Ontario

The app uses Bluetooth to determine whether your phone has been in close contact with the phone of another app user who reports testing positive for COVID-19.
3 months ago

Health Canada approves use of remdesivir to treat COVID-19 patients

Antiviral medication has been shown to shorten COVID-19 recovery time by 31%.
3 months ago

Protecting cancer patients from COVID-19

A new clinical trial led by Ottawa Hospital researchers focuses on stimulating the immunity of cancer patients, to prevent COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses that could cause delays in treatment.
3 months ago

Dr. Jane Philpott co-edits 'Vulnerable', a comprehensive textbook on COVID-19

The former Liberal cabinet minister, along with several colleagues, collaborated to edit the new publication, titled Vulnerable: The Law, Policy and Ethics of COVID-19.
3 months ago

Several COVID-19 antibody studies underway in Quebec

Quebec research will reveal prevalence of COVID-19 antibodies in general population and specific vulnerable groups.
3 months ago

Canadian-made antimicrobial mask coating found to deactivate 99% of the virus that causes COVID-19

Developed by a Quebec company, and tested at the University of Toronto, this new mask coating could be beneficial to healthcare workers.
3 months ago

New cannabis strains may prevent the most fatal respiratory effects of the novel coronavirus

University of Lethbridge researchers are developing cannabis strains to potentially treat or even prevent COVID-19 infections.
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