These 5 genes could explain why some COVID-19 patients become severely ill

Five key genes are linked with the most severe form of COVID-19, scientists said on Friday, in research that also pointed to several existing drugs that could be repurposed to treat … Read More

‘Unpredictable pathogen’: New coronavirus study highlights severity of illness

While some people diagnosed with the novel coronavirus complain of symptoms like a loss of smell or taste, COVID-19 can cause a wide range of health complications far more serious … Read More

A 23-year-old had a stroke due to coronavirus. He hopes his story is a ‘wake-up call’

A young man who suffered a serious health event more often associated with older people is sharing his story to help others understand the very real consequences of COVID-19. Arizona … Read More

Coronavirus, the flu or the common cold? Here’s what to know

Cold and flu season is officially underway in Canada, and with the on-going global pandemic, a sore throat or runny nose may have people wondering if they have COVID-19. As … Read More

Wearing a mask may reduce how sick you get from coronavirus

Mask-wearing has become ubiquitous with the coronavirus pandemic. It’s been proven to be a preventative measure to slow the spread of the virus — the main benefit being to protect … Read More

Study sheds light on coronavirus ‘long-haulers,’ but experts still lack clear picture

Months and weeks after falling ill, people worldwide are reporting lingering symptoms of COVID-19. Doctors and researchers believe there are a number of possible explanations as to why the self-described … Read More

Obesity may up risks of COVID-19 complications, but doctors still searching for why

In the early days of the pandemic, doctors noticed something about the people severely ill from COVID-19: many were obese. The link became more apparent as coronavirus swept across the … Read More

Ottawa orders review after report pandemic warning system was shuttered

Health Minister Patty Hajdu has ordered a review following reports that the federal pandemic early warning system was shut down last year, and that the officials working on it were … Read More

Vitamin D and COVID-19: Experts say any possible link is ‘premature’

Aside from a potential vaccine, there’s no surefire answer to COVID-19. Scientists agree on the basic hygiene principles to avoid infection as well as on the primary way the virus … Read More

These Canadians say they suffered COVID-19 symptoms for months

Sara Handrigan’s one-year wedding anniversary was coming up. Her husband lived in the U.S., so in mid-March, the then-29-year-old left her home in Welland, Ont. and went to meet him … Read More

Risk of never fully recovering after coronavirus ‘very real,’ scientists say

Scientists are only starting to grasp the vast array of health problems caused by the novel coronavirus, some of which may have lingering effects on patients and health systems for … Read More

Why does the coronavirus seem to cause so many different symptoms?

The major symptoms of COVID-19, according to public health authorities, are a cough, fever and difficulty breathing. But other symptoms have since joined the list. Reports of COVID-19 patients who … Read More

Canadians face misinformation, uncertainty in bid to protect against coronavirus: experts

From coronavirus modelling to grim new unemployment numbers, there’s been a lot of information for Canadians to digest over the last week. But in interviews with The West Block‘s Mercedes … Read More

New coronavirus symptoms include headaches, loss of taste and smell

Shortness of breath, a fever and a dry cough. Those were some of the symptoms first associated with COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. But as more people … Read More

Allergies or coronavirus? Doctors explain how to tell the difference

It’s spring, and across much of Canada, that means the start of allergy season. But this year, allergy sufferers might be more anxious than usual, wondering whether their sniffles are … Read More

Coronavirus patients are being flipped onto their stomachs in the ICU — here’s why

But when a person is critically ill and fighting a potential viral pneumonia, Piraino said placing a person on their stomach can help expand the diaphragm, which is the main muscle people use when they breathe.

“By getting the patient off of their back, the hope is to improve the movement of air to the areas that have most tissue,” he said.

Coronavirus: Canadians diagnosed with COVID-19 describe it as ‘worse than any flu’

Melanie Fournier went to bed a week ago Thursday feeling grateful that, despite everything going on in the world, she was in the best health of her life. Less than … Read More

My 14-day coronavirus self-isolation period is over. Now what?

Canadians coming back to the country from travelling abroad are legally required to self-isolate for 14 days in an effort to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. Public health … Read More

Nursing homes screening for coronavirus can’t rely only on symptoms: investigation

An investigation at a Seattle-area nursing home concluded that symptoms aren’t enough to identify who is infected once the coronavirus enters a long-term care facility. Residents without symptoms could have … Read More

‘No playbook’ for coronavirus symptoms, but early data shows pattern: experts

By now, the most common symptoms of the novel coronavirus are engraved in the minds of people around the world. Fever, cough, shortness of breath. Sometimes muscle pain, poor appetite … Read More

The best video call apps for large meetings, parties during coronavirus outbreak

Although we might feel physically isolated during the novel coronavirus outbreak, we are not socially isolated thanks to technology. In fact, mental health experts are encouraging people to seek quality … Read More

Physiotherapists are turning to virtual visits — but insurance can be a pain in the neck

For Patricia, a Toronto woman living with endometriosis, pelvic physiotherapy is a critical tool for her painful chronic condition. Global News has chosen to use a pseudonym to protect her … Read More

‘No social distancing in dentistry’: How care has changed during coronavirus

Like many Canadians, Natalie Archer has been adjusting to her new life in the time of coronavirus. For someone who has spent years sitting side-by-side with patients, whether to clean … Read More

Can the new coronavirus live on coats, shoes? Experts weigh in

Medical professionals say handwashing and social distancing are some of the best ways to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. But can the … Read More

Coronavirus closed your gym. Here’s how to stay fit — at a distance

Many fitness centres across Canada have closed their doors in an effort to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Chain gyms, including Goodlife Fitness, Anytime Fitness, Planet Fitness, Hone … Read More

Social distancing is out, physical distancing is in — here’s how to do it

Health experts and politicians have been urging Canadians to keep physical distance from one another and stay home as much as possible to help stop the spread of the novel … Read More

Loss of smell could be a coronavirus symptom, but some experts wary

A sudden loss of smell is being presented as a possible new sign of the novel coronavirus, particularly in those with no other symptoms. The British Association of Otorhinolaryngology (ENT … Read More

Quarantine that stress: Limit screen time during coronavirus outbreak, experts say

On a typical weekday, Sonya Kerr logs out of her social media accounts by dinner time. As a professional social media marketer and consultant, Kerr is required to be plugged … Read More

Coronavirus deaths top 10,000 worldwide as lockdown measures tighten further

The U.S. warned Americans to avoid all international travel and told citizens abroad to return now or face an “indefinite” absence, and California’s governor asked all 40 million residents to … Read More

Queen Elizabeth II posts message about coronavirus: ‘My family and I stand ready to play our part’

Queen Elizabeth II issued a statement Thursday about the novel coronavirus, offering a reminder of the “vitally important part” every person plays in slowing the spread of COVID-19. “As (Prince) … Read More

Prince Albert II of Monaco tests positive for new coronavirus

Prince Albert II of Monaco has tested positive for the new coronavirus, the palace confirmed Thursday. Albert, 62, appeared to be the first head of state who has publicly said … Read More

Canada-U.S. border closure amid coronavirus likely to start Friday night

The Canada.-U.S. border will likely be closed to non-essential travel as of Friday night as the two countries move quickly to curtail the rapid spread of the new coronavirus, Prime Minister … Read More

Engineers 3D-print patented valves for free to save coronavirus patients in Italy

An engineering company in Italy is saving lives and risking a future lawsuit by 3D-printing an expensive — and patented — medical valve needed to treat victims of COVID-19, the … Read More

Self-assessment for coronavirus? What it means and why it’s important

As Canada buckles down under a string of restrictions to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, doctors are asking Canadians to consider self-assessing for the illness as a first … Read More

‘Truly heroes’: Tributes pour in for doctors, nurses fighting coronavirus pandemic

Not all heroes wear capes. In the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the real heroes wear scrubs. Home-quarantined citizens are expressing love for the doctors and nurses on the … Read More

State of emergency: How different levels of government can respond to coronavirus

As the novel coronavirus outbreak continues to spread across Canada, some governments have declared a state of emergency. Premier Doug Ford formally declared a state of emergency for Ontario on … Read More

Does ibuprofen worsen coronavirus? Canadian pharmacists say evidence is lacking

A suggestion out of France that taking popular anti-inflammatory painkillers like ibuprofen could worsen the effects of the novel coronavirus has raised concerns over what to take to treat mild … Read More

Starving monkey ‘gangs’ brawl in Thailand as coronavirus keeps tourists away

Monkey “gangs” have taken to the streets of Thailand to brawl over food as the novel coronavirus has kept tourism at bay. Shocking video footage shared to Facebook show swaths … Read More

Coronavirus at the salon: Should you cancel hair, nail and wax appointments?

As the number of cases of the new coronavirus in Canada continues to rise, public health officials are warning Canadians to stay home as much as possible to prevent the … Read More

‘I was appalled’: Talking to people who ignore coronavirus advisories

Amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, health experts are urging all people to practise social distancing or self-isolation depending on travel and health history. Social distancing includes remaining out of congregate … Read More

As coronavirus spreads, is it still safe to use food delivery services?

In an effort to prevent further spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus outbreak, many Canadians are at home for the foreseeable future. During this time, is … Read More

Coronavirus: Where did it come from and how did we get here?

The new coronavirus is spreading rapidly around the world, curtailing public life and closing the doors on international borders. Nearly 180,000 people worldwide have been infected and over 7,000 people … Read More