Quebec, Alberta report record single-day increases in COVID-19 cases

The latest:Canada's chief public health officer said Saturday that "we have a window of opportunity to act" before the COVID-19 pandemic worsens in the country. Dr. Theresa Tam said in a statement that the rise in coronavirus cases across Canada is "troubling,"...

Face masks slow spread of COVID-19; types of masks, length of use matter

The use of face masks to help slow the spread of COVID-19 has been widely recommended by health professionals. This has triggered studies exploring the physics of face mask use and disease transmission, as well as investigations into materials, design,...

Study shows protective role sex steroids play in COVID-19

A new paper from a UIC researcher shows evidence that suggests sex steroids may play a role in protecting against COVID-19 symptoms. "Sex and Covid-19: A protective role for reproductive steroids," by Graziano Pinna, research associate professor in psychiatry, analyzes...

Tracking COVID-19 trends in hard-hit states

Currently, there are over 10 million confirmed cases and more than 240,000 casualties attributed to COVID-19 in the U.S. Researchers at Louisiana State University have applied computational models to investigate infection rates in relation to social distancing measures. Their paper,...

Social barriers in Ontario school community with province’s largest COVID-19 outbreak amplify risk

The province's largest school outbreak is taking place in a Windsor neighbourhood that faces a number of social barriers known to facilitate the spread of COVID-19. Forty-nine cases of COVID-19 — 40 students and nine staff members — are now connected to the outbreak...

Quebec company making plant-based COVID-19 vaccine candidate here at home

OTTAWA -- A Quebec-based company is producing a plant-based COVID-19 vaccine candidate and, while testing is still underway, is hopeful a made-in-Canada vaccine could be ready by next year. Medicago, based in Quebec City, describes itself as "a pioneer of...

Scientists reveal regions of the brain where serotonin promotes patience

We've all been there. Whether we're stuck in traffic at the end of a long day, or eagerly anticipating the release of a new book, film or album, there are times when we need to be patient. Learning to suppress...

Experimental research detects COVID-19 in Wolfville, N.S., wastewater

Researchers who are using wastewater as a way to detect the virus that causes COVID-19 have discovered it in Wolfville, N.S.While the research is still experimental and the results may not be definitive, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health said it could...

What Canadians need to know about COVID-19 before gathering over the holidays

This is an excerpt from Second Opinion, a weekly roundup of health and medical science news emailed to subscribers every Saturday morning. If you haven't subscribed yet, you can do that by clicking here. Canadians considering gathering with loved ones...

Russia says its COVID vaccine is 95% effective. So why is there still Western resistance to it?

When Russia announced this week that its much-hyped COVID-19 vaccine was up to 95 per cent effective, the news was met with a predictable cheer in Russia and uncertainty throughout much of Europe and North America."This is great news for Russia and...
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