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For many people, park and playground closures during COVID-19 meant having even fewer exercise options. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel 

Lack of exercise linked to increased risk of severe COVID-19

Socio-economic factors are major barriers to physical activity. New research suggests this is one more reason why disadvantaged people were at increased risk for COVID-19.
When people are held in jail, they’re likely to accept quick release – even if it means admitting to something they didn’t do. Caspar Benson via Getty Images

Pandemic pushed defendants to plead guilty more often, including innocent people pleading to crimes they didn’t commit

While guilty people are more receptive to plea offers, innocent defendants can also see pleading guilty as an attractive option.
Three Rivers by Aunty Lorraine Brown and Aunty Narelle Thomas, from the Coomaditchie United Aboriginal Corporation. This artwork was commissioned by the Research Centre for Children and Families and the image represents the importance of keeping children in out-of-home care connected to Kinship and culture. Provided by author

How caring for children can help Aboriginal Elders during lockdown

Pandemic-induced lockdowns have brought up challenges for children in out-of-home care and their carers. However, Kinship care provided unexpected positives for Aboriginal elders and their families.
Political leanings and community features predicted support of COVID-19 mitigation measures. wildpixel/iStock via Getty Images Plus

Our analysis of 7 months of polling data shows friendships, the economy and firsthand experience shaped and reshaped views on COVID-19 risks

Multiple factors determined whether or not individual Americans adopted COVID-19 safety measures, according to statistical analysis of public opinion data.
Information on COVID-19 vaccines for pregnant or breastfeeding individuals has been inconsistent and hard to find. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine while pregnant or breastfeeding? Experts explain the safety, evidence and clinical trials

Exclusion from clinical trials, lack of data and inconsistent information made it difficult for pregnant and breastfeeding people to make decisions about COVID-19 vaccines early in the rollout.
Concerns have been raised over grief being severely, negatively impacted by the pandemic. (Zackary Drucker/The Gender Spectrum Collection)

As COVID-19 restrictions lift, grief literacy can help us support those around us

The negative impact of the pandemic on grief has raised concerns. Our study shows that 15 per cent of people dealing with grief are at risk of what’s known as complicated grief.
Hundreds of residents of Toronto’s M3N postal code, a hotspot for COVID-19 infections, line up at a pop-up vaccine clinic on In April 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Even with equal vaccination rates, COVID-19 hotspots still have higher infection rates

Hotspot neighbourhoods with greater COVID-19 risk exposure continued to have higher infection rates even when they achieved vaccination levels equal to lower-risk neighbourhoods.
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari shows his COVID-19 certificate after receiving his first dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine in March 2021. Photo by Kola Sulaimon / AFP via Getty Images

Nigerian academics weigh in on the faults and frustrations of managing COVID-19

Experts assess Nigeria’s response to COVID-19 so far and express worry that the country does not appear to have learnt much; it isn’t prepared for the next pandemic.
The first Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine dose in Canada sits ready for use at The Michener Institute in Toronto in mid-December 2020, less than a year from when the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Big Pharma’s COVID-19 reputation boost may not last — here’s why

If Big Pharma wants to achieve the ultimate image makeover, it must capitalize on the current public good will about its COVID-19 vaccines by prioritizing socially responsible practices.

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