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Misinformation and lack of information during the pandemic have made it even harder for people to assess risk. Xesai/Getty Images

People have had a hard time weighing pandemic risks because they haven’t gotten information they needed when they needed it

People have a hard time assessing risk in the best of times. Adding a world-changing pandemic with evolving and sometimes conflicting information has made personal risk assessment much harder.
The pandemic shone a spotlight on the plight of exotic animals after the Netflix Tiger King series. It also resulted in a run on pet adoptions. But what is the state of animal welfare more than a year into the crisis? Tom Copus/Unsplash

Adoptions but also abuse: The COVID-19 pandemic is the best and worst of times for animals

One year ago, the 'Tiger King' docuseries raised public concern about animal cruelty to new heights. But what's happened to animals since?
Annie Storey holds a cross with a photo of her late son Alex Storey, before a march to mark the five-year anniversary of British Columbia declaring a public health emergency in the overdose crisis, in Vancouver, on April 14, 2021. CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Overdose crisis: The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare decades of drug policy failures

Across the country, overdose deaths have spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A field hospital in São Paulo state, Brazil, on March 26, 2021. Brazil keeps setting new COVID-19 records, with up to 4,000 people dying daily. Miguel Schincariol/AFP via Getty Images

Scarred by Zika and fearing new COVID-19 variants, Brazilian women say no to another pandemic pregnancy

Officials in Brazil recently asked women to avoid pregnancy, citing heightened risk to them and newborns. But births were already dropping; a new study attributes it to the trauma of Zika.
Children’s increased screen time, exacerbated by remote learning during COVID-19, is directly contributing to increases in childhood myopia. (iStock)

Hidden in plain sight: How the COVID-19 pandemic is damaging children’s vision

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in children spending more time on digital devices, which may have a long-term impact on their vision, including the risk of myopia.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Health Minister Christine Elliott walk to a news conference at Queen’s Park on April 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

How Ontario can recover from Doug Ford’s COVID-19 governance disaster

The pandemic's third wave has brought Ontario to the brink of catastrophe. The best options for controlling the situation are well understood, so why won't the provincial government implement them?

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