Mothers taking on ‘shocking’ number of hours caring for children during pandemic: study

A new study indicates some Canadian mothers have taken on the equivalent of nearly two full-time jobs providing child care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Using data from, McMaster University … Read More

What is a ‘superspreader event’ and are gyms still safe?

A Hamilton Ont., spin studio recently reported 61 cases of COVID-19, one of the biggest outbreaks of the virus attributed to a business in Canada. The province and health experts … Read More

N.B. Nurses Union calls for inquiry into long-term care, claims quality has declined

A majority of registered nurses in New Brunswick say that care has declined in the province’s special-care homes in the last several years, a report from their union says. “A … Read More

Canadians urged to keep Thanksgiving gatherings small, virtual during coronavirus pandemic

As the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic washes over the country, Canadians from coast to coast are being asked to limit the size of their Thanksgiving gatherings or keep … Read More

Grocery bills set to increase for Canadians: report

According to a new report from Dalhousie University and the University of Guelph, the average Canadian family is set to spend a lot more at the grocery store. Each year, … Read More

Canadians dealing with ‘COVID fatigue’ as pandemic drags on, says psychologist

The rising number of coronavirus cases in Manitoba and other parts of the country could be due to what one psychologist describes as “COVID fatigue.” Dr. Michael Wohl, a former … Read More

Winter in a pandemic: How cold air could make the coronavirus spread more easily

The summer months are officially behind us, and the dip in temperature has been met with a spike in coronavirus cases across Canada. Some parts of Canada are already experiencing … Read More

Smaller turkeys, quieter gatherings: How coronavirus is changing Canada’s Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving won’t look the same this year — or at least it shouldn’t, if Canadians abide by coronavirus restrictions. And one poultry farm in Quebec is already experiencing the effects. … Read More

‘I miss mommy’: Families who lost loved ones to coronavirus forge new paths

Just four months had passed since Ramon Ramirez buried his wife and now, here he was, hospitalized himself with COVID-19. The prognosis was dire, and the fate of his younger … Read More

Invited to a pandemic wedding? Weigh your risks, experts say

When large social gatherings fell to the coronavirus in Canada, so too did weddings. As cases decreased and regions reopened, they returned — though smaller in size and without some … Read More

Coronavirus: 3 dos and don’ts when it comes to social gatherings

Cases of the novel coronavirus continue to rise in Canada and some provinces have recorded the highest number of cases since early summer. The biggest takeaway from experts across the … Read More

Young Canadians vaping less frequently amid coronavirus, survey finds

Young Canadians have been vaping less frequently since the COVID-19 pandemic began, a new survey has found, but the lead researcher cautions the habit is still an epidemic among youth. … Read More

Should you get a COVID-19 test before a gathering? One doctor weighs in

Doctors and experts are talking about the possibilities of a second coronavirus wave that may have begun, as some provinces are seeing an increase in the number of cases since … Read More

Coronavirus: Working mothers pushed out of U.S. labour force as child-care crisis grows

Angela Wynn had just launched her own project management business, hitting a career stride after years of struggle that began with earning an undergraduate degree as a single mother. Then … Read More

The COVID-19 symptoms parents should watch for

The coronavirus pandemic is making both parents and educators rethink what back to school will look like. If you’re sending your child back this season, there may be some concern … Read More

15 new Salmonella cases reported in Canada linked to U.S. peaches

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted September 3, 2020 11:03 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Officials say 15 new cases … Read More

Stop kissing, wear a mask while having sex to prevent coronavirus, Tam says

Skip kissing and consider wearing a mask when having sex to protect yourself from catching the coronavirus, Canada’s chief medical officer said on Wednesday, adding that going solo remains the … Read More

Nova Scotia and New Brunswick minimum wages “well below” a livable wage: report

A report released Wednesday outlines living wage research for Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, and says minimum pay must be increased within two years. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives … Read More

‘Deeply disturbing statistics’ show COVID-19 is hurting kids’ safety: report

Between Alberta’s economic downturn and the Fort McMurray wildfires, Edmonton’s Food Bank was pushed to the limit in 2016. The organization bolstered staff and volunteers and purchased trucks to meet … Read More

Health Canada now willing to consider at-home COVID-19 tests

TORONTO — Health Canada is willing to consider approving home COVID-19 tests to screen for the virus, a spokesman for the minister of health told Reuters, in a win for … Read More

‘A bit of fear’: Children in Europe go back to school as coronavirus persists

PARIS — Tugging on their masks or dashing to hug long-unseen friends, millions of children returned to school across Europe and beyond Tuesday in a mass experiment aimed at bridging … Read More

Moving ‘too quickly’ on coronavirus vaccine comes with risks: WHO

GENEVA — The emergency authorization of COVID-19 vaccines requires a “great deal of seriousness and reflection,” the World Health Organization said on Monday after the United States announced it was … Read More

European vacationers face threats of sudden and ever-changing COVID-19 travel rules

At 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27, the U.K. government issued its latest changes to its COVID-19 travel corridors “safe list,” i.e. countries from which travellers do not need to … Read More

Vaccine safety and tests for kids — all your coronavirus questions

With kids across Canada heading back to school this week and the weeks to come, parents have many questions around possible coronavirus vaccines, masks for kids and even testing. Speaking … Read More

COMMENTARY: Why face masks can cause dry eyes and what you can do to prevent it

Face masks help reduce coronavirus transmission, which has prompted mandates and expert recommendations for their use where social distancing is difficult. As the world emerges from shutdowns, wearing face masks … Read More

Canada’s economy won’t recover unless marginalized groups, women helped too: report

Canadians cannot expect the economy to fully recover from COVID-19 without helping those most affected by the downturn — including women, people of colour, and the LGBTQ+ community, a new … Read More

Coronavirus: Expert says weddings remain ‘high-risk’ events as restrictions loosen

Mini bottles of sanitizer, monogrammed with the newlyweds’ initials, lined a table outside the venue of Royston and Rachel Grosjean’s July 4 wedding so guests could clean their hands before … Read More

New Brunswick announces coroner’s inquest into RCMP shooting of Rodney Levi

The province has confirmed it will hold a second coroner’s inquest into the death of an Indigenous person at the hands of New Brunswick police this year. Department of Public … Read More

Petition launched to allow for digital signing of wills in Ontario amid coronavirus

An online estate planning company has launched a petition asking the Ontario government to amend a law that required people to sign wills in-person after an Angus Reid survey found … Read More

Why COVID-19 home testing kits aren’t available in Canada

U.S. health officials approved the first at-home coronavirus testing kit in April for front-line workers in an attempt to expand testing options in most states. The LabCorp home test first … Read More

What is rhabdomyolysis? What to know about the rare ‘leaky muscle’ syndrome

Left untreated, the muscle injury syndrome known as rhabdomyolysis can be life-threatening. It’s relatively rare: a 2012 study found 382 to 419 cases per year in the U.S. army between the … Read More

Health experts encourage creativity, social support as bars reopen across Canada

After photos of crowded night clubs caught the attention of public health officials, the noisy downtown bar district in St. John’s, N.L. was a more controlled scene than usual last … Read More

Temperature checks, masks, small classes: How gyms are reopening in Ontario

Ontario moves into Stage 3 on Friday, meaning nearly all businesses will be allowed to welcome patrons back through their doors — including gyms. Premier Doug Ford announced on Monday … Read More

Florida teen met friends against family’s wishes. Now dad has COVID-19, fighting for his life

For weeks, Michelle Zymet pleaded with her stepson to avoid going out with friends and to always wear a mask. “It’s just not the time,” the Florida woman says she … Read More

Bowling alleys, bars, arcades: Are indoor venues safe as COVID-19 restrictions ease?

Experts have said the risk of the coronavirus spreading is higher inside, but many indoor recreational activities are beginning to open. Indoor facilities like bars, arcades, escape rooms, bowling alleys, … Read More

8 in 10 teachers worried about plans to reopen schools in the fall: report

Many teachers will head back to the classroom in September as the coronavirus pandemic continues, but unknowns and anxieties remain. What school will look like, how teaching will work in … Read More

Flu deaths rise when a city gets a new pro sports team: study

When a pro sports team starts playing in a new city, it brings with it more deaths caused by influenza, a new study has found — results which may help … Read More

U.S.-Canada border crossings are increasing. Here’s what needs to happen to keep COVID-19 out

As the United States grapples with an avalanche of new cases of the novel coronavirus, the border between the country and Canada remains closed to non-essential travel.  But even with … Read More

Schools reopening may lead to outbreaks, but we can’t afford to keep them closed: experts

As parts of Canada continue to reopen after coronavirus closures, schools are preparing to welcome kids back to the classroom in the coming months. Most provinces and territories have released … Read More

Negative coronavirus test? Here’s why you can’t ignore physical distancing

A negative test result is a welcomed finding when it comes to COVID-19, but just because you aren’t positive for the novel coronavirus doesn’t mean you’re in the clear, experts … Read More

Who cares about coronavirus? How different generations are dealing with the pandemic

Americans older than 60 years of age are more likely than people aged 18 to 34 to take precautionary measures when it comes to preventing the spread of COVID-19, research … Read More

‘I’m going to bring hand sanitizer’: What it’s like dating during the pandemic

Preparing for a first date looks very different right now than it did last year for Toronto resident Rob Loschiavo. When the novel coronavirus pandemic first hit, the 30-year-old, who … Read More

Coronavirus can be airborne, but that’s not how it typically spreads: experts

The World Health Organization (WHO) acknowledged emerging evidence of the airborne spread of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday after a group of scientists urged the organization to update its guidance … Read More

Why some people still refuse to wear masks

Public health and government officials say that mask-wearing is an important part of helping to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus — but not everyone is listening. Across the … Read More

Nausea, diarrhea are now official symptoms of COVID-19: CDC

Almost every day, new information is discovered about the deadly and elusive novel coronavirus. One aspect of COVID-19 that continues to perplex medical researchers is the wide variety of symptoms … Read More

Can I refuse a temperature check? What to know about the COVID-19 screening tool

As Canada continues to reopen, some grocery stores, salons and other businesses have implemented temperature screening — an approach that uses a touchless scanner to measure a person’s body temperature … Read More

These are the most likely — and least likely — ways to spread COVID-19

As parts of the country loosen up lockdown measures designed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, there are more options of activities for Canadians, both inside and outside. … Read More

What sex ed can teach us about getting people to wear face masks

A number of Canadian cities are eyeing making face masks mandatory in order to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus. Wearing a face mask during the COVID-19 pandemic has … Read More

Coronavirus: Does wearing a face mask pose any health risks? Not for most people

Does wearing a mask pose any health risks? No, not for most people. Babies and toddlers should not wear masks because they could suffocate. The same goes for anyone who … Read More

Should masks be mandatory? It depends

Mayors across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) are urging the province to make masks or face coverings mandatory in public spaces as businesses reopen amid the novel coronavirus … Read More