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A healthcare worker performs a nasal swab as he tests a woman for COVID-19 in Bamako, Mali. Annie Risemberg/AFP via Getty Images

Poor nutrition changes the way a body fights infection: this might protect against severe COVID-19

Deficient leptin levels caused by malnutrition might protect against severe COVID-19 and related death. This could be another reason for the lower than expected COVID-19 deaths in Africa.
Vanquishing the enemy? People stand in a quick moving line up at a mass vaccination centre during the COVID-19 pandemic in Mississauga, Ont., on May 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Confusing AstraZeneca warfare messaging: Destroy the COVID-19 enemy fast, but wait

Public officials are telling us simultaneously to move swiftly on vaccination and also to make thoughtful, reasoned choices about which vaccine we get. These messages are confusing and frustrating.
Anita Anand, Canada’s minister of public services and procurement, opens a box with some of the first 500,000 of the two million AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses that Canada secured last March through a deal with the Serum Institute of India. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Carlos Osorio - POOL

Canada is virtue signalling while waffling on global access to COVID-19 vaccines

Despite some public virtue signalling, the Canadian government is not doing all it can to improve global access to COVID-19 vaccines. Canada has yet to announce its position on the WTO patent waiver.
As for-profit corporations, should dating apps be taking care of us? Should they act as health authorities? (Shutterstock)

Relationships during a pandemic: How dating apps have adapted to COVID-19

Dating apps were created to help people connect online, then meet in person... How have they responded to the pandemic? And what role do they play in helping people adjust to this new dating reality?

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