Sign language interpreters, fixtures of coronavirus briefings, gain new audience

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5522147.1586022029!/fileImage/httpImage/image.JPG_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/asl-interpreter-vancouver.JPG Ava Hawkins, one of only 15 certified sign language interpreters in B.C., is used to being recognized in the deaf community.  But the 56-year-old was caught off guard last week when walking out of her Vancouver apartment just before Read more …

Hands off: Nova Scotia physiotherapists learn to make adjustment to virtual care

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5522474.1586092235!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/nova-scotia-physiotherapists-learn-to-go-hands-off-with-transition-to-virtual-care-image-1.jpg Physical distancing and self-isolation pose a distinct challenge for physiotherapists, whose job title literally refers to making physical contact with patients. But physiotherapists in Nova Scotia are finding ways to modify their practices and provide virtual care during the Read more …

‘None of us have been trained to work during a pandemic’: Family medicine clinic struggles to maintain care

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5518007.1585927957!/fileImage/httpImage/image.JPG_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/dr-javed-alloo.JPG Much has changed at Dr. Javed Alloo’s busy family medicine clinic in Toronto because of COVID-19. When possible, appointments are now done by telephone or Skype. Others have been cancelled or deferred. This is especially important, because many of Read more …

4 crucial health-care lessons Canada needs to learn from COVID-19

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5514439.1585730432!/cpImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/covid-cda-healthcare-20200329.jpg This column is an opinion by Dr. Hance Clarke, the director of pain services at the Toronto General Hospital (TGH), and Imran Abdool, president of Blue Krystal Technologies and Business Insights. For more information about CBC’s Opinion section, please see the FAQ. In the Read more …

Meet the public health detectives working around-the-clock to stop the spread of COVID-19

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5520518.1585927268!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/contact-tracing.jpg Behind every known case of COVID-19 is a public health investigator working meticulously to figure out its origin and track its spread. Known as contact tracers, these specially trained sleuths make up the crucial intelligence arm of the battle Read more …

Home schooling during pandemic a daunting challenge for families of kids with disabilities

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5522131.1586020852!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/checkup-richmond-family.jpg As families across Canada struggle to adjust to school closures that could last indefinitely during the COVID-19 pandemic, families of children with special needs are being especially hard hit. “It puts a normal, typical family into crisis. It puts Read more …

How will the global coronavirus pandemic end?

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5521807.1585957563!/fileImage/httpImage/image.JPG_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/covid-19-new-york-city.JPG This is an excerpt from Second Opinion, a weekly roundup of eclectic and under-the-radar health and medical science news emailed to subscribers every Saturday morning. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can do that by clicking here. The coronavirus has infected more than a Read more …