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Category: Helping Hands

2 days ago

Researchers at Western University have created a better antibody test for COVID-19

The new test delivers more accurate results than others already on the market, in just five minutes.
14 days ago

Maclean’s They Were Loved project aims to honour each Canadian lost to COVID-19

The partnership between the magazine and Canadian journalism schools hopes to create a central repository of obituaries for those who have died from the disease.
a month ago

12 Days of Kindness: Our favourite stories of 2020

covidkindness.ca is all about telling stories of those making an impact on the front lines of Canadian health care and sharing acts of kindness and joy during these challenging times.
a month ago

Calgary company develops, then donates life-saving resuscitators to Alberta Health Services

A collaboration between industry and healthcare led to the invention of the Alberta E-Vent, a new resuscitator that will benefit hospitals in areas that cannot afford ventilators.
a month ago

Ontario ice cream company to provide freezers for vaccine storage

The Chapman family in Markdale, Ontario signed on to Canada’s pandemic response plan in the 1980s. Ready to do their part, the family-owned Chapman’s Ice Cream will become a cold storage facility for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
a month ago

Edmonton health historian provides a link to nurses from the past

Registered nurse Nick Beil was facing a deadly COVID-19 outbreak at Grey Nuns Hospital when, with the help of a local historian, he decided to turn to his colleagues from a century ago for advice on how to persevere during a pandemic.
2 months ago

Fraser Health unveils fleet of COVID-19-killing robots

Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) robots are being deployed to hospitals in the Fraser Health region. The robots emit short pulses of UV light and can remove viruses and bacteria from a room in as little as 20 minutes.
2 months ago

Winnipeggers are showing their appreciation for exhausted healthcare workers

As hospitalizations continue to rise in Manitoba, some are creating care packages and delivering food to overworked healthcare workers.
2 months ago

Researchers examining how to decrease COVID-19 health risks for delivery workers

A professor at the University of Waterloo is leading a study of working conditions for gig couriers and drivers to determine how to better protect them from getting sick.
2 months ago

Montreal mural depicts the first wave of the pandemic

Created through a unique collaboration of a visual artist and an epidemiologist, a mural outside CEGEP in Montreal is a visual representation of how each neighborhood was affected during the first 50 days of the city’s outbreak.
2 months ago

Fighting COVID with math

Two SFU researchers have developed a mathematical model for measuring the effectiveness of COVID-19 interventions.
2 months ago

“Coping with COVID”: a new weekly webcast from Windsor Regional Hospital

Starting this week, an online information session featuring a recovered COVID patient alongside medical experts will address questions about COVID-19 from anyone in the community.
2 months ago

How many masks a day? This Ottawa manufacturer is shooting for one million

Viral Clean is already making 40,000 masks every day, but a major expansion of their facility will increase their output of both medical and fabric masks.
2 months ago

Charlottetown teen spends Friday nights volunteering at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Rylee Power, 17, spends every Friday evening at the front desk of the emergency department, asking COVID-19 screening questions to incoming patients and visitors.
3 months ago

Alberta researchers are bringing tests, medical supplies to remote communities using drones

Researchers from the University of Calgary, SAIT, and Alberta Health are conducting test flights using drones to fly PPE and testing kits from the Foothills Hospital in Calgary to the Stoney Nakoda reserve. The eventual goal is to bring rapid COVID-19 testing to remote communities.
3 months ago

Researchers at Fanshawe College develop artificial coronavirus to test the effectiveness of new treatments

The lab-created “replicon” is non-infectious but can be used to determine whether a drug treatment will work against COVID-19.
3 months 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.
3 months 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.
4 months 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.
4 months 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.
5 months ago

Indigenous people in the Toronto area can “Call Auntie” for health and wellness support

The hotline, staffed by health and community workers, is intended to help connect members of the local Indigenous community with the services and programs they need to weather the COVID-19 pandemic safely.
5 months ago

New animated video helps kids understand COVID-19

COV-Ed 4 Kids was created by University of British Columbia Med students to explain the coronavirus to kids, just as they prepare to return to school.
6 months ago

The Infectious Disease Working Group: reaching out to Toronto neighbourhoods hard hit by COVID-19

Recent grads from the University of Toronto banded together to support communities that are struggling because of the pandemic. Their latest project is a resource tracker that helps people find mental health, employment, and child care services.
6 months ago

New video teaches kids about getting tested for COVID-19

Inspired by his daughter’s curiosity, a microbiologist at BC Children’s Hospital created a video to help prepare children for the coronavirus swab test.
6 months ago

Montreal teenager opens store specializing in COVID-19 care products

When her summer job was cancelled due to COVID-19, Vanessa Vassalos wanted to find a way to give back to the community.
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