Early reports suggested an apparent increase in OCD relapse rates and symptom severity during the pandemic. But a year on, we’re learning this may not be the case.
While it may be deflating, events like the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade are best watched from home this year. Here, the Harold the Fireman balloon lies face down as he readied for the parade on Nov. 27, 2019.
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Inaction over the next few months could cost tens of thousands of lives. Here are things you should do now to stay safe and to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Hoarding, stockpiling and panic buying have all increased during the pandemic.
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The pandemic has put a spotlight on a once little-discussed disorder – hoarding. But hoarding disorder is not what you might think.
Black markets thrive online and flourish during pandemics and other crises.
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The global pandemic has fueled illicit online sales of COVID-19 commodities, some of which are dangerous or illegal. Researchers are assessing the size and reach of this underground market.
Ford employees assemble ventilators.
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Ford is assembling ventilators, LVMH is making hand sanitizer, and Chanel is making masks. Here’s why these and dozens of other companies are doing it.
Flags fly outside of Montréal City Hall in June 2018. Health Canada has suspended official languages rules on bilingual labelling in an effort to speed up the importation of certain disinfectant and cleaning products during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Seven million French-speaking Canadians shouldn’t have to decipher English-only labels during the pandemic. Ottawa must take into account the fundamental rights and safety of all Canadians.
The shortage of masks could get worse.
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Shortages of face masks may grow worse as state-wide lockdowns end. An economist suggests price controls.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria (coloured yellow) enmeshed within a human white blood cell (coloured red). MRSA is a major cause of hospital-associated infections.
Antimicrobial resistance is a public health and economic disaster waiting to happen. If we do not address this threat, by 2050 more people will die from drug-resistant infections than from cancer.
Hand sanitisers can contain ingredients that may cause antimicrobial resistance.
Misuse of common cleaning products or hand sanitisers can lead to antimcrobial resistance in bacteria.
Air raid wardens in Washington, D.C., conduct a practice air raid.
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Since the Cold War, Americans have shifted from engaging in active self-rescue to passively waiting for help from a centralized, bureaucratic federal emergency response.
When word of COVID-19 spread, consumers started stockpiling goods like toilet paper in their homes, both disrupting the supply chain system and creating living spaces crammed with paper products. It isn’t necessary.
Bulk buying disrupts the balance of the supply chain. Here’s how supply chains combat hoarding of products like toilet paper.
A woman buys hand sanitizer made by Spirit of York Distillery in Toronto on March 19, 2020. The distillery switched their production over to hand sanitizer following the coronavirus shutdown, with all proceeds going to charity.
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It’s clear that our post-pandemic future will be different. Current signs of good will amid entrepreneurial initiatives give us some cause for optimism.
Disinfecting an area takes time and effort. And there is only so much you can do.
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The coronavirus, like many infectious diseases, can live and spread on inanimate objects in the world around us. An epidemiologist explains how and gives some advice on how to minimize the risk.
A Muslim man prepares for prayer by doing a ritual washing.
Islamic law requires Muslims to ritually clean their body before praying. This guidance has particular relevance at a time when hand-washing is important to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Soap and hot water is the best way to clean your hands, but sanitizer is a good second choice.
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Most commercial hand sanitizers are mainly alcohol, but forget about hitting the liquor store and mixing your own.
Alcohol-based hand sanitisers work best.
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It needs to contain at least 60% alcohol content to be effective.