Coronavirus on surfaces: what’s the real risk?
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(Stephanie Watson/ WebMD) — In March, concerns over the coronavirus surviving on surfaces fueled a disinfectant shopping frenzy that left store shelves bare of hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes. A video featuring a Michigan doctor sanitizing his groceries one by one captured more than 26 million views on YouTube.

With no signs  …

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Canadians maintain strong trust in doctors and scientists during pandemic
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(Mia Rabson/ Canadian Press) — Canadians appear to still have solid faith in doctors and scientists nearly six months into the COVID-19 pandemic.

A new survey done for Proof Strategies over the Labour Day weekend suggests more than eight in 10 Canadians trust doctors and nearly eight in 10 trust scientists.

That shows little change from  …

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Kids can have Covid and antibodies at same time, study shows
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(Robert Preidt/ HealthDay News) — The new coronavirus and antibodies that fight it can be in children’s bodies at the same time, surprised researchers have found.

“With most viruses, when you start to detect antibodies, you won’t detect the virus anymore. But with COVID-19, we’re seeing both,” said  …

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Flu vaccine orders up in Canada as simultaneous COVID-19 and flu infections feared
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(Camille Bains/ Canadian Press) — Pamela Hardy will be getting her 11-year-old twins vaccinated against flu as soon as an immunization program begins but she’s worried about how public health officials will deal with any overcrowding at clinics to reduce transmission of COVID-19.

“The main concern is accessing the vaccine  …

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As province sees highest number of new COVID-19 cases in months, experts sound the alarm
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(Franca G. Mignacca/ CBC News) — As the number of new daily COVID-19 cases in Quebec continues to creep upwards, health officials are cautioning the public to heed government restrictions and not slack off on physical distancing measures.

After recording 205 new cases Sunday — the highest number the province had seen in more than three  …

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There’s budding optimism that the end of the pandemic could be in sight
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(Elizabeth Payne/Ottawa Citizen) —Amid back-to-school jitters and fears of a possible second wave of COVID-19 this fall, something new is in the air: a budding optimism that the end of the pandemic could be in sight.

Canada has now signed advance purchase deals with four international companies to potentially produce up to 200 million  …

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Cheap, widely available steroids significantly reduce the risk of death for severely ill COVID-19 patients
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(Kelly Grant/ Globe and Mail) —Cheap, widely available steroids significantly reduce the risk of death for severely ill COVID-19 patients, according to a new international study that reinforces the findings of an earlier British trial and confirms that more than one type of steroid can save lives.

The new findings prompted the World  …

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Covid-19 can wreck your heart, even if you haven’t had any symptoms
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(Carolyn Barber/ Scientific American) — Beyond its scientific backing, the notion that a COVID-19 patient might wind up with long-term lung scarring or breathing issues has the ring of truth. After all, we hear the stories, right? The virus can leave survivors explaining how they struggled to breathe, or how it can feel, in the words   …

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Canadian clinical trial looks to acai berries in hopes of preventing severe cases of COVID-19
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(CTV News) — In the search for new drugs to fight the novel coronavirus, Canadian researchers have turned their attention to a popular super fruit.

Researchers at the University of Toronto have begun a clinical trial testing whether an early intervention of acai palm berry extract can help prevent severe complications caused by inflammation  …

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Obesity raises the risk of Covid-19 complications
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(Ralph Ellis/ WebMD) —Researchers say obesity increases a person’s chances of becoming infected with coronavirus and raises the risk of several complications, including hospitalization and death.

People who are obese had a 46% higher chance of becoming infected than those who were not obese. There was a 113% higher risk for hospitalization,  …

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