Avoid all social gatherings as COVID-19 community transmissions rise, health minister urges Quebecers

(Colin Harris/ CBC News) — Health Minister Christian Dubé appealed to Quebecers to cancel all their plans to gather with friends and family over the next few weeks — including Thanksgiving dinner. He said the … Read More

COVID-19: One in five Canadians make no efforts to curb viral spread
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(Stephanie Ip/ Postmedia) — B.C. boasts the highest percentage of “inconsistent” rule followers when it comes to halting the spread of COVID-19.

A recent Angus Reid poll asked Canadian respondents to identify their habits and attitudes toward the pandemic, categorizing respondents into one of three categories: the infection  …

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Scientists see signs of lasting immunity, even after mild infection
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(New York Times) — To the immune system, not all germs are equally memorable. But our body’s cells seem to be seriously studying up on the coronavirus.

Scientists who have been monitoring immune responses to the virus are now starting to see encouraging signs of strong, lasting immunity, even in people who developed only mild symptoms  …

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Fearing a ‘twindemic,’ health experts push urgently for flu shots
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(Jan Hoffman/ New York Times) — Even a mild flu season could stagger hospitals already coping with Covid-19 cases. And though officials don’t know yet what degree of severity to anticipate this year, they are worried large numbers of people could forgo flu shots, increasing the risk of widespread outbreaks.

The concern  …

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Teens who vape more likely to test positive for COVID-19, new study shows
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(Catherine Hawley/ Fox13) — Research shows there is a connection between vaping and contracting COVID-19. A new study released this week finds teens and young adults who use e-cigarettes are five to nine times more likely to test positive for the virus.

The research is published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. The data comes from  …

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Montreal’s wastewater could track the next COVID-19 wave
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(Linda Gyulai/ Montreal Gazette) — Wastewater samples that have been collecting in the freezers of two Montreal university research labs since late February offer the potential of an early warning system before the next wave of COVID-19 infections hits the province.

Researchers Sarah Dorner and Dominic Frigon, respectively of École  …

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Ontario mining company 1st to try new mobile test that diagnoses COVID-19 in as little as an hour
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(Sarah Bridge & Ioanna Roumeliotis/ CBC News) — Even at the height of summer and amid a global pandemic, days start early at New Gold Inc.’s silver and gold mine in Rainy River, Ont.

As a precaution these days, there are fewer workers on any given shift, but shortly after sunrise a stream of cars and buses begins to arrive at the   …

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Study: The best and worst face masks for preventing COVID-19 spread
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(Adam Uren/BringMeTheNews) — A study at Duke University has determined which face masks are the most of effective at preventing the spread of droplets emitted by people when talking, a crucial aspect of limiting exposure to COVID-19.

The results of the low-cost study into 14 different styles of face mask were shared in Science Advances,  …

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A business spends $800 a week to test staff for COVID-19. Could rapid, cheap tests help?
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(Akshay Syal & Patrick Martin/ NBC News) —  Sara Polon spends $800 dollars each week on coronavirus tests for the staffers at her Washington, D.C., business, but sometimes the test results don’t come back for weeks.

Polon, 43, owns Soupergirl, a small soup company that has managed to stay open during the pandemic. Polon wanted  …

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Convalescent plasma could reduce death from COVID-19, early data suggests
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(Nicoletta Lanese / LiveScience) — COVID-19 patients treated with the blood of those who have recovered from the infection die at significantly lower rates than those given standard treatments alone, according to a preliminary analysis.

In their analysis, posted July 30 to the preprint database bioRxiv, the researchers looked at  …

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