Hydroxychloroquine ‘useless’ on COVID-19 patients, researcher says

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5600847.1591389348!/fileImage/httpImage/image.JPG_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/health-coronavirus-hydroxychloroquine-trial.JPG British scientists halted a major drug trial on Friday after it found that the anti-malarial hydroxychloroquine, touted by U.S. President Donald Trump as a potential “game changer” in the pandemic, was “useless” at treating COVID-19 patients. “This is not Read more …

Trudeau to announce financial help for Canadians with disabilities

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5597985.1591274533!/cpImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/covid-canada-20200602.jpg Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to announce long-awaited supports for Canadians with disabilities who are feeling the financial pinch from the pandemic. Trudeau will make the announcement today at his daily news conference outside his residence at Rideau Read more …

How the Montreal Heart Institute has kept out COVID-19 and kept right on performing surgeries

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5599366.1591316859!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/dr-louis-p-perrault.jpg In mid-March, as hospitals across Quebec scrambled to cancel surgeries, all but shutting down their operating rooms to free up beds for COVID-19 patients, the Institut de Cardiologie de Montréal came up with a very different plan: how to Read more …

Ontario considering Stage 2 of reopening despite steady stream of new COVID-19 cases

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5598279.1591284210!/cumulusImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/covid-19-pandemic-wall-art-toronto.jpg Premier Doug Ford is signalling that he could announce the next phase of loosening Ontario’s pandemic restrictions as early as next week, despite a recent uptick in new cases of COVID-19. “I was through all sorts of charts this morning, Read more …

Unmasking the stealth virus behind COVID-19

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5599348.1591313858!/fileImage/httpImage/image.JPG_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/health-coronavirus-cuba-drug.JPG Scientists have discovered the pandemic-causing coronavirus is unique in short-circuiting the safest way our immune system kills off a virus, which could have implications for treating COVID-19 with interferon. Interferon describes a family of proteins produced by the body’s immune Read more …

2,000 COVID-19 cases missing from Toronto’s map of hot spots

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5587407.1591305080!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/covid-19-cases-in-the-city-of-toronto-since-may-1.jpg More than 2,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases are missing from the map the City of Toronto released last week that shows infections by neighbourhood, CBC News has found. The detailed geographic information about the spread of the novel coronavirus was Read more …

Influential Lancet hydroxychloroquine study retracted by 3 authors

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5556378.1588704641!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/virus-outbreak-malaria-drug-states.jpg Three of the authors of an influential article that found hydroxychloroquine increased the risk of death in COVID-19 patients retracted the study on concerns about the quality of the data in the study. They said that Surgisphere, the company Read more …

New Brunswick doctor’s story calls attention to COVID-related racism

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5589260.1590702186!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/campbellton-regional-hospital.jpg Dr. Jean Robert Ngola’s account of enduring racist harassment since social media outed him as the doctor at the centre of the Campbellton COVID-19 outbreak has drawn some swift reaction from outside the province.  Dr. Michael Schull was one of Read more …

Breathe, exercise and be kind: Tips for boosting your mental health during the pandemic

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5520856.1585934939!/cumulusImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/yyc-covid-stox.jpg When a team of researchers looked at the mental health impact of the Fort McMurray wildfire, they were struck by how deeply anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress affected the community and how long it lasted. With some distinct parallels Read more …

Labs across Canada tracking COVID-19 mutations to understand which are circulating and compare internationally

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5509820.1585164070!/fileImage/httpImage/image.JPG_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/health-coronavirus-usa.JPG A network of laboratories across Canada is studying mutations in the genetic footprint of COVID-19 to track patterns of transmission across the country and internationally.  Led by the Public Health Agency of Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory, along with Genome Read more …