Infectious Disease

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by Larry W. Chambers Hanna Levy Eva Liu

COVID mortality rate highlights need to re-examine long-term care 

The tragedy of COVID-19 deaths in long-term care homes should catalyze a paradigm shift in Canada’s approach to promoting the health of our aging population.

by Chandandeep Kaur Bal Ripudaman Singh Minhas

As COVID ravages the diaspora, Canadian children of South Asian descent are in crisis

South Asian youth are struggling during COVID-19. Here are the supports they need right away.

by Rachel Watts

‘I felt I failed them completely’: Doctor describes shame, frustration as she responds to crisis in India

Dr. Rajani Surendar Bhat talks about the toll that treating COVID-19 in India is taking on her mental health.

by Rachel Watts

The double pandemic: Canadian doctors running “parallel wards” for family and friends in India

Samir Gupta answers medical questions from family and friends with COVI-19 in India from 10 PM until the early morning. He is one of many Indo-Canadian doctors who are battling a "double pandemic" in both Canada and India.

by Jillian Macklin

Making the most of the 15 minutes of post-jab waiting time

How can we make the most of the 15 minutes of medical observation that comes after getting vaccinated?

by Catharine Chambers

Why scary vaccine headlines are actually good news

We’ve all seen the headlines linking COVID-19 vaccines to rare blood clots. While this development may be worrisome, it is a reassuring sign that vaccine safety surveillance is doing its job.

by Kaleigh Alkenbrack

‘This is not on their radar’: PTSD among COVID survivors an emerging public health threat

Canadian critical care experts are warning that we are not prepared to treat the large number of COVID-19 survivors who suffer from PTSD because of their experiences in the ICU.

by Max Binks-Collier

Saying Goodbye on FaceTime

Nurses have been using platforms like FaceTime to host visits between patients critically ill with COVID-19 and their loved ones. It's contributing to burnout – but also sometimes providing them with beautiful moments of human connection.

by Catherine Birken Eyal Cohen Meta van den Heuvel

Let the children play

Public health policies meant to protect us from COVID-19 have resulted in reduced physical activity and increased screen time for all children. They are experiencing serious mental health problems. We must let them play.

by Darren Cargill

Lessons from Down Under – Eight pillars to support palliative care

During the pandemic, we Canadians could learn a thing or two from our Aussie friends Down Under. This includes important lessons on palliative care.

by Ediriweera Desapriya Parisa Khoshpouri Kamal Gunatunge

Long-haul risks drive home importance of vaccination

We must use the emerging evidence of the long-term health consequences of COVID-19 to encourage all Canadians to get vaccinated and protect themselves, their loved ones and their community.

by Darren Cargill

Focus on palliative care will help hospitals recover from COVID-19

To address the surgical backlog caused by COVID-19, we need community-based palliative care to free up important hospital resources.

by Anne Borden King

Lessons in health care equity with Vaccine Hunters

The pandemic has highlighted stark equity gaps in health-care access for BIPOC and essential workers. But grassroots initiatives like Vaccine Hunters Canada have brought a broader vision of health equity to the rollout.

by Gary Bloch

Toronto doctor challenges Commons committee to prioritize ‘social recovery’

This pandemic, placed on top of the longstanding social pandemic, has created a "syndemic" – a synergistic pandemic – in which the spark of COVID has ignited a tinderbox of social inequity.

by Rubeeta Gill

Hero status putting strain on health-care workers

When the pandemic hit last year, doctors were hailed as heroes. But the hero-worship may be putting them at higher risk of moral injury – and its potential long-term, detrimental consequences.

by Jeffery Woodrow

Crisis 877: On the frontline

This is a short film made to amplify the voices of frontline workers battling the current crisis.

by Meghan McGrattan Jazleen Dada

Prioritizing pregnant COVID patients is not altruism, it’s a necessity

Deprioritizing pregnant people in vaccine campaigns across Canada will result in more severe maternal infections, more strain on our intensive care system and ultimately, preventable deaths in this otherwise healthy, young cohort.

by Ahmed Bagit Andreea Manea Amirpouyan Namavarian Abdulwahab Sidiqi Kashif Pirzada

We need a strategy to deal with Long COVID Syndrome

Long Covid Syndrome has no known treatments. We must support the individuals who suffer from it and prevent its spread by implementing a ZeroCOVID policy.

by Blair Bigham

Sorry Premier Ford, but you passed the buck long ago

One of Ontario Premier Doug Ford's favourite phrases is "the buck stops with me." But because of his inaction, he’s passed the buck on to me and my colleagues in GTA hospitals.

by David Dorian Benjamin Chin-Yee

The zero-sum vaccination game

Amidst the clamour for mass vaccination, we think it's worth reflecting on the limitations of our fixation on vaccine procurement as a nation. What does it mean for global health equity?

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