Category: Helping Hands

7 minutes 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 days ago

Fighting COVID with math

Two SFU researchers have developed a mathematical model for measuring the effectiveness of COVID-19 interventions.
5 days 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.
11 days 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.
16 days 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.
a month 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.
a month 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.
a month 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.
2 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.
2 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.
2 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.
3 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.
3 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.
4 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.
4 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.
4 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.
4 months ago

'Colours for COVID' campaign raises funds for Toronto hospital

Logan Lass started tie-dye project to support doctors at Mount Sinai Hospital.
4 months ago

New platform helps businesses and charities get PPE more quickly and efficiently

CovidPPEHelp, created by faculty members at the Rotman School of Management, connects those who need equipment with manufacturers and suppliers, and enables donations of PPE to charities.
4 months ago

These Toronto doctors prescribed free cellphones and prepaid SIM cards

The group provided phones to patients who didn’t have one, so they could contact medical and other necessary services, and the results have been overwhelmingly positive.
4 months ago

Children’s hospital offers tips for parents on kids and mask-wearing

The team at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital has created a comprehensive tip sheet for families with children who may find it challenging to wear a mask.
5 months ago

University of Alberta researcher studying whether HVAC systems can spread COVID-19

Dr. Lexuan Zhong and her team are blending engineering and medical research to examine how and whether the virus can be carried and transmitted through air that’s pushed around by ventilation systems.
5 months ago

Pandemos app lets health care providers share information and hacks to help fight COVID-19

The app, created by a medical resident at U of T and two veterans of the health tech field, allows doctors to find and share new and developing information and tips that can help them on the front lines of the pandemic.
5 months ago

Youth with disabilities get some virtual social interaction thanks to Toronto rehab hospital

The youth advisory team at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is hosting hangouts and Netflix parties to help the teens connect with friends and peers during the pandemic.
5 months ago

CMA and partners launch a new mental health support line for physicians and med students

The Wellness Support Line, with funding provided by Scotiabank and MD Financial Management, will offer mental health counselling and support whenever it is needed.
5 months ago

Mississauga man sews specialized masks for the hard-of-hearing

Max Cucchiella's masks ensure that people are safe while the deaf community is not left behind.
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