COVID-19

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by Eva Zhu

‘Foolproof’ exam software creating barriers for students with disabilities

To make sure students aren’t tempted to cheat when writing exams at home, professors have been using proctoring software, but it doesn’t account for those with mental or physical disabilities.

by Bryony Lau

Pandemic’s hidden heroes: Indentured labourers churning out our PPE supplies

Shibli is one of tens of thousands of migrant workers who have gone into debt to secure jobs in glove factories. This practice, debt bondage, is widespread among glove companies in Malaysia and is a form of forced labour.

by Karen Lawford Brintha Sivajohan

COVID-19 death highlights dangers of birth evacuation policy in Indigenous communities

The death of Silatik Qavvik is the result of Health Canada’s birth evacuation policy and an appalling lack of government-funded maternity care in rural and remote Indigenous communities.  

by Ben Huang

Residents warn of burnout as COVID-19, medical exams clash

Many internist residents are frustrated that the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada has refused their requests to modify the timing of their exams to accommodate for the pandemic.

by Paul Taylor

COVID variants: Evolution at work

Why are the new variants of the coronavirus so contagious and how can I protect myself from them?

by Jim Woodgett

When research goes viral: Funding on COVID-19 variants is misdirected

As designed, the CIHR's funding opportunities to study the emergence of COVID-19 Variants of Concern (VoCs) are unlikely to achieve actionable results in a timeframe that could save lives.

by Gali Katznelson

MAiD debate must be paused until we have dealt with COVID-19

Rather than rushing to amend our Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) law, Parliament should be focused on expanding access to social services.

by Ahmed Bagit Amirpouyan Namavarian Abdulwahab Sidiqi Kashif Pirzada Saad Ahmed

Canada must double-down on mRNA production to overcome vaccine nationalism

What is our Plan B if future disruptions arise this year? Are we going to continue to wait, allowing community spread, more variants and more deaths?

by Joanna Cheek

‘This is a fight worth fighting’: Pushing back against misinformation

We are not hyper-rational beings who make decisions based on facts. Instead, we too often fall prey to misinformation from innumerable cultural, social and psychological forces that shape the decisions we make. 

by Danica Quickfall

Danica – Internal Medicine Resident

Writing the Royal College exam is a challenging time for residents in any circumstance, but having to do it during a pandemic is uniquely difficult.

by Anjali Bhayana Alexandra Rendely

Ontario’s inadequate homecare forcing seniors into hospitals

Before the pandemic, we knew our discharged patients were falling through the cracks. It has become even more apparent now.

by Natasha Milijasevic Shannon Maier Terence Tang

Joy in work on a COVID Unit? Yes, Really

The leadership team knew that without creating a safe environment for our healthcare workers – both physical and psychological – we would not achieve the goals we had set for the newly implemented COVID wards

by Marcia Sokolowski Andria Bianchi

Informed Consent: Should geriatric populations be told about limited representation in vaccine clinical trials?

There are ethical questions over whether certain seniors in long-term care or their designated decision-makers have the information needed to give informed consent to receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

by Mohcene Abdessemed Sandra Blais-Amyot

Pandemic, winter taking toll on Canadians’ mental health

Despite winter’s darkest days shortening, the vaccine rollout underway and restrictions lowering daily COVID-19 case counts, the pandemic is taking an ever-increasing toll on Canadians’ mental health.

by Cassandra Mayville-Fortin Leiya Dobson

Pandemic fears overshadowing need for primary care

The illness and the outcomes may differ between cases but the issue is ultimately the same – people are waiting too long to seek medical attention.

by Danyaal Raza

Vaccines, prices and a pandemic

If the government is serious about ensuring access to prescription drugs and vaccines to all, it must stand up to pressure from Big Pharma on pricing reforms.

by Joanne E. Plahouras

Searching for silver linings during a global pandemic

Negative feelings and psychological distress are exacerbated during challenging times such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

by Arnav Agarwal Pooja Gandhi

Healthcare in Hues: The Vaccine Waiting Game

Our latest installment of Healthcare in Hues, a monthly feature that uses art to comment on the state of healthcare in Canada.

by Amie Tsang

‘Ripe for burnout:’ Pandemic adds to ‘longstanding’ challenges for mental-health workers

“Bell Let’s Talk Day,” an annual event that takes place today, has brought much-needed attention to the stigma of mental health and the funding gaps in our system. But the conversation has yet to include the state of mental-health workers.

by Maeve Gamble

The fascinating history of Trump’s ‘game-changing’ COVID cure

Hydroxychloroquine was touted as a miracle cure for COVID-19 by Trump, then finished 2020 plagued with concerns about adverse cardiac events. But HCQ is a remarkable medication with a fascinating history.

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