Majority of Canadians have now caught COVID — what does that mean for the future?
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(Adam Miller/ CBC News) — The majority of Canadians have caught COVID-19 since Omicron and its highly contagious subvariants triggered enormous waves of infection this year — with new estimates suggesting almost two-thirds of the population have had it.

Researchers in British Columbia analyzed close to 14,000 blood  …

Study finds risk of serious blood clots up to six months after Covid-19
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(British Medical Journal) — A study from Sweden published by The BMJ today finds an increased risk of deep vein thrombosis (a blood clot in the leg) up to three months after covid-19 infection, pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in the lung) up to six months, and a bleeding event up to two months.

The findings also show   …

Warnings of mental health crisis among ‘Covid generation’ of students
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(Rachel Hall/ The Guardian) — The pandemic has had a lasting legacy on the mental health of the “Covid generation” of students, exacerbating rates of anxiety, depression and self-harm and resulting in a “significant rise” in young people struggling at university, experts have said.

UK universities have reported that  …

Summer starts in Europe with new Covid wave
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(Eliza Mackintosh/ CNN News) — European countries are seeing a significant increase in Covid-19 cases spurred by highly infectious subvariants of Omicron, raising fears of a new global wave of the disease as immunity declines and the summer travel season gets underway.

The European Centre for Disease Prevention  …

Long COVID risk falls only slightly after vaccination
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(Sarah Reardon/ Scientific American) — Vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 lowers the risk of long COVID after infection by only about 15%, according to a study of more than 13 million people1. That’s the largest cohort that has yet been used to examine how much vaccines protect against the condition, but it is unlikely to end  …

Quebec opening 15 long-COVID and Lyme disease clinics
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(The Montreal Gazette) — Quebec will open 15 clinics specialized in long-COVID and Lyme disease across the province, health minister Christian Dubé announced on Thursday.

The network, to be coordinated by the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM), is to include five referral centres and 10 satellite  …

Coronavirus ‘ghosts’ found lingering in the gut
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(Heidi Ledford/ Nature) — In the chaos of the first months of the coronavirus pandemic, oncologist and geneticist Ami Bhatt was intrigued by widespread reports of vomiting and diarrhoea in people infected with SARS-CoV-2.

“At that time, this was thought to be a respiratory virus,” she says. Bhatt and her colleagues, curious  …

Should public health measures like masking continue beyond the pandemic?
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(Rutvij A. Khanolkar, Eddy S. Lang/ The Conversation) —  Public health measures, such as masking and physical distancing, that have been a high-profile part of the COVID-19 response for the past two years are now beginning to lift. However, surprisingly little attention has been paid to the remarkable effects of  …

Cause of neurological COVID-19 symptoms explored
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(Timothy Huzar/ Medical News Today) — Researchers have been exploring the way COVID-19 affects a person’s nervous system, causing neurological symptoms.

This week, they presented their findings at Neuroscience 2021. This event is the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, which is the largest  …

Antidepressants may reduce severity of COVID-19
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(Nick Zagorski/ Psychiatric News) — While effective COVID-19 vaccines continue to be approved and distributed worldwide, these injections are only one step of a multistep process to control the devastation caused by the pandemic. Even with millions of people receiving COVID-19 vaccines, the virus will continue to   …

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