Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Health Minister Sylvia Jones in conversation at Queen’s Park, the day after Ontario’s chief medical officer of health ‘strongly recommended’ mask wearing.
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In 2020, with adult ICUs at risk of being overwhelmed, we wore masks and accepted restrictions. Now pediatric intensive care is at risk. Will leaders follow the evidence and tell us to mask up?
During COVID, rich countries have used masks and gloves from their medical stockpiles. But not all countries are so fortunate. We found the best way to help. It may not be what you think.
We found most governments were ill-prepared, too slow to act, paid too little attention to the most vulnerable, and were hampered by low public trust and an epidemic of misinformation.
Used masks threaten urban wildlife.
Billions of face masks and other personal protective equipment have been used throughout the pandemic. Containing plastic, these items are damaging wildlife and their environments.
If you’re thinking of upgrading from a cloth or surgical mask to a respirator, here’s what you need to know.
The airborne nature of COVID supports routine use of respirators by the public. Here, experts explain the science behind this recommendation.
Throughout the pandemic, community carers have risked their own health and well-being, but have struggled for even basic support and equipment.
Lessons can we now take forward.
Supply chains, choke points, and ‘just in time’ manufacturing – where things went right and wrong during the pandemic.
Maker spaces give engineers and designers the tools to build low-cost medical equipment using locally available materials.
Brandon Martin, Rice University
Engineering students in Malawi and Tanzania have used the materials and tools available to them to build ventilators, personal protective equipment and UV disinfection systems.
Most healers understand that blood exposure can result in infectious disease transmission.
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An average healer in the rural South African town where the study was done experiences about 1,500 occupational blood exposures in their lifetime.
Failures by municipalities to do their work are forcing many residents to take matters into their own hands.
There has been growing discontent with many local authorities and calls by concerned citizens for the municipalities to be dissolved.
Layering face masks has been suggested as a way to increase protection against COVID-19 variants that may be more transmissible.
Are two face masks better than one? Adding layers of filtration by double masking is a way of using the masks that we already have, possibly to better effect.
With no national standard, casually employed staff, a lack of PPE and a refusal to account for aerosol transmission, infections such as the one that prompted Perth’s lockdown will keep happening.
Face masks are seen in the window of a shop during the COVID-19 pandemic in Montréal in December 2020.
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Whether it’s health-care workers, kids in school or people running errands, Canadians need face masks during COVID-19. There’s no reason they shouldn’t be made here at home.
Health-care workers need public support. Hospital workers outside Sick Kids hospital in Toronto, July 17, 2020.
Ontario health-care workers confidentially reported feeling sacrificed on the job and needing protection from COVID-19 and other risky working conditions in a recent study.
New recommendation advise using an additional layer of polypropylene fabric in cloth masks to act as a filter.
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Everything you need to know about non-woven polypropylene, the fabric now recommended for use as a filter in cloth face masks: What it is, what to look for and where to find it.
Private insurers saw telehealth claims increase over 4,000% from 2019 to 2020.
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Widely adopted in the US when pandemic precautions kept people home, telehealth faces a challenge as insurance coverage changes, right when its popularity had surged.
Scientists handle virus samples every day but infections are incredibly rare – here’s why.
Although cloth masks have been widely adopted, many people still have questions about them.
Epidemiologists reviewed 25 studies of cloth face masks. Here’s what they found out about how well they work, why they work, who they protect and why the mosquito and chain-link fence analogy is wrong.
A health-care worker is seen wearing full personal protective equipment outside the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, B.C. on April 3, 2020.
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Health-care workers’ access to personal protective equipment, along with appropriate infection control procedures, affected their mental health during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.