Severe hepatitis of ‘unknown origin’ in children being investigated in Canada
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(Lauren Pelley/ CBC News) — Public health officials say they’re investigating cases of severe liver disease “of unknown origin” among children in Canada as global scientists race to understand a mysterious hepatitis outbreak that has affected nearly 200 youths around the world.

“The Public  …

Health Canada approves Pfizer anti-viral pill for treatment of COVID-19
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(Ryan Tumilty/ The National Post) — Health Canada has approved Pfizer’s drug Paxlovid as the first take-home treatment for COVID-19.

The drug, which is a treatment involving a total of six pills taken daily for five days, has been shown to reduce the risk of hospitalization by almost 90 per cent. The course of treatment includes  …

How will pandemic end? Omicron clouds forecasts for endgame, experts say
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(The Associated Press/ CBC News) — Pandemics do eventually end, even if Omicron is complicating the question of when this one will. But it won’t be like flipping a light switch: the world will have to learn to coexist with a virus that’s not going away, experts say.

The ultra-contagious Omicron variant of the  …

Canada ‘grossly underutilizing’ rapid tests, experts warn — even as COVID-19 cases tick up
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(Stephanie Dubois, Lauren Pelley/ CBC News) — When Dr. David Juurlink joined some friends for dinner in the U.K. during a September vacation, he was surprised to learn they had a stockpile of rapid COVID-19 tests at their home. Hundreds, in fact — all provided for free by British public health officials.

Those friends gave  …

Canada’s doctors call for better protection from harassment, threats
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(Lisa Grant/ CityNews Toronto) — The Canadian Medical Association wants Ottawa and social media platforms to step up and protect health-care workers.

The organization says online harassment and threats of violence targetting doctors and other healthcare workers are escalating.

The CMA wants Prime Minister Justin  …

What Canadians can expect from COVID-19 this fall and winter
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(Marc Gollom/ CBC News) — With the beginning of fall and a more transmissible strain of the coronavirus than last year’s taking hold, Canadians may wonder about the outlook of the pandemic over the next few months.

Some epidemiologists and infectious disease specialists are expressing cautious optimism,  …

Why Canadians need to keep their guard up in the 4th wave
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(Adam Miller/ CBC News) — Canadians are entering one of the most confusing chapters of the pandemic — and many may be left wondering why we’re not where we’d hoped to be after becoming one of the most vaccinated countries in the world.

Reports of waning immunity from COVID-19 vaccines, the potential  …

What will Canada’s 4th COVID-19 wave look like? Here’s what the experts say
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(Leslie Young/ Global News) — The fourth wave of COVID-19 that public health experts have been warning about for months has arrived.

“The latest national surveillance data indicate that a fourth wave is underway in Canada and that cases are plotting along a strong resurgence trajectory,” said Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s  …

Canada’s shameful history of medical colonialism
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(Toula Drimonis/ The Conversationalist) — In September 2020, Joyce Echaquan, a 37-year-old Atikamekw woman from Quebec’s Manawan community, livestreamed a Facebook video that showed her screaming in pain while hospital healthcare workers openly mocked her. “You’re a f*cking idiot,” “only good for sleeping around,”  …