1 or 2 metres: Should Canada change its COVID-19 distancing guidelines?

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, slightly different physical distancing guidelines have been enforced across the world. At the federal level in Canada, the public health recommendation is to … Read More

Canada expected to revise COVID school guidelines this summer

More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, physical distancing has become the norm and an important tool, along with masking, in curbing the spread of the coronavirus. In Canada, … 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

Influenza rates are at record low thanks to distancing during coronavirus, data shows

Global social distancing rules targeting coronavirus have pushed influenza infection rates to a record low, early figures show, signaling that the measures are having an unprecedented impact on other communicable … Read More

Influenza rates at record low thanks to distancing during coronavirus, data suggests

Global social distancing rules targeting coronavirus have pushed influenza infection rates to a record low, early figures show, signaling that the measures are having an unprecedented impact on other communicable … Read More

COVID-19 closures leave New Brunswick legions in dire straits

As many as 10 of New Brunswick’s 70 Royal Canadian Legion branches are at risk of permanently closing their doors after COVID-19 shutdowns cost them their revenue streams. “It continues … Read More

Masks soon mandatory on public transit, Quebec public health director suggests

At this point in the coronavirus pandemic, the “worst danger” that awaits Quebec is forgetfulness, said national director of public health, Dr. Horacio Arruda, hinting that masks will soon be … Read More

WestJet will end physical distancing on flights starting July 1

WestJet Airlines Ltd. is ending its seat distancing policy on board its aircraft starting July 1, raising health concerns amid a pandemic that has devastated the travel industry. The airline … Read More

WestJet, Air Canada will end physical distancing on flights starting July 1

The country’s two largest airlines are ending their on-board seat distancing policies starting July 1, raising health concerns amid a pandemic that has devastated the travel industry. Air Canada has … Read More

More than half of Canadians want to keep 2-metre distancing rule, poll finds

Two-thirds of Canadians don’t want to relax physical distancing rules imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus, a new poll suggests. And even if they were relaxed, a strong majority wouldn’t … Read More

Canada is one of few countries 2-metre distancing. Experts say reducing is ‘risky’

In Canada, physical-distancing recommendations amid the coronavirus pandemic are pegged at two metres. In the United States, it’s 1.8 metres. In Italy and Germany, it’s 1.5 metres. China and France … Read More

Young Canadians more anxious, less likely to adhere to social distancing, poll says

A new Angus Reid Institute poll suggests younger Canadians are more likely to feel anxious or worn out and less likely to adhere to social distancing guidelines than other demographics, … Read More

South Korea coronavirus cases rise by highest number since early April

South Korea reported 79 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, the most since April 5 and the third straight day of rising infections, raising the specter of a second wave of … Read More

Las Vegas casinos to reopen in early June, Nevada’s governor announces

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Tuesday night that he would allow casinos to reopen June 4, welcoming tourists to return to the glitzy gambling mecca of Las Vegas. “We welcome … Read More

Is it safe to see friends if we stay outside?

As summer approaches and the COVID-19 pandemic continues, more Canadians are getting restless and craving social interaction. Some provinces have slowly loosened coronavirus guidelines and have opened parks and outdoor … Read More

‘More vulnerable:’ Blind Canadians talk hardships of physical distancing amid coronavirus

The physical distancing rules put in place across Canadian society are supposed to shield everyone from the ravages of COVID-19, but Nick D’Ambrosio doesn’t feel protected. Maintaining a two-metre distance … Read More

As coronavirus drags on, more Canadians ditch physical-distancing rules: Ipsos poll

As the novel coronavirus pandemic continues, fewer Canadians are strictly following physical-distancing orders today than they were last month, a new Ipsos poll found. The poll, conducted on behalf of … Read More

Nearly 1,900 warnings issued over lack of social distancing at Vancouver parks, beaches

Park rangers in Vancouver issued nearly 1,900 warnings about physical distancing last weekend, following the release a few days earlier of the province’s plan to reopen the economy amid the … Read More

South Korea sees spike of 34 new coronavirus cases after outbreak involving nightclubs

South Korea reported 34 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, the highest daily number in a month, after a small outbreak emerged around a slew of nightclubs that a confirmed patient … Read More

Robot ‘dog’ named Spot to help social distancing efforts at Singapore park

A four-legged robot dog named Spot is set to help social distancing efforts in one of Singapore’s national parks during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Developed by Boston Dynamics, the yellow … Read More

132 warnings, 1 charged as sunny weekend sees more residents flout emergency act restrictions in London

It was a beautiful weekend in London, but unfortunately, Mayor Ed Holder notes it was also a busy weekend for bylaw officers dealing with those violating restrictions in place due … Read More

MLHU medical officer of health sends mixed messages on family gatherings amid pandemic

As the Province of Ontario prepares to reopen the economy and communities get set to relax coronavirus safety measures, information from the Middlesex-London Health Unit has been anything but clear. … Read More

Coronavirus keeping you up at night? Here’s how to get better sleep

As we spend day after day holed up in our homes because of the coronavirus pandemic, it seems many are tossing and turning in their beds at night. “This is … Read More

Coronavirus: One quarter of Canadians still not fully social distancing, poll suggests

Canadians almost universally believe physical distancing will help slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Yet one in four admit to not doing it as much as they should, according to … Read More

Most Canadians support punishing those not following coronavirus rules: poll

Most Canadians are doing what they’re told to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and would support harsher measures to punish those who aren’t, a new poll suggests. Of the 1,590 … Read More

Social distancing in the U.S. extended by a month as coronavirus spreads

U.S. President Donald Trump is extending the voluntary national shutdown for a month as sickness and death from the coronavirus pandemic rise in the U.S. The initial 15-day period of … Read More

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

Brazil leader wants to end social distancing even as cases soar past 3,400

Brazil on Friday barred all non-resident foreigners from entering the country via its airports to slow the spread of the coronavirus, but President Jair Bolsonaro urged Brazilians to return to … 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

Most of the world doesn’t think social distancing will stop coronavirus, Ipsos poll says

At least 50 per cent of people in major countries around the world think that social distancing, travel restrictions and self-isolation will do little to stop the spread of novel … Read More

Measuring success: what metrics are used in the fight to flatten the coronavirus curve?

For several months, health officials around the world have been touting various tools for combatting the novel coronavirus. As cases continue to rise in Canada, the term “flattening the curve” … Read More

Coronavirus: Parks Canada to close national parks, historic sites to vehicle traffic

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted March 24, 2020 1:34 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Parks Canada is restricting vehicles … Read More

Canadians ignoring COVID-19 orders should face consequences, be fined: doctor

Measures limiting personal contact to reduce the spread of COVID-19 have seemed like suggestions to beachgoers in the Vancouver area, where basketball games and picnics in the midst of a … Read More

‘Like a tsunami:’ B.C. health workers speak out as coronavirus concerns rise

As he walks through the emergency department of Richmond Hospital, Dr. Steven Fedder says he can’t stop thinking about what might be coming. Related News “What I see coming toward … 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

Guards union says prison needle exchange expansion on hold because of COVID-19

The union representing Canadian correctional officers says a program making clean needles available to inmates at a number of prisons across the country won’t be expanding to new institutions during … Read More

‘A threat to yourself’: Around the world rebels ignore COVID-19 lockdown measures

Young German adults hold “corona parties” and cough toward older people. A Spanish man leashes a goat to go for a walk to skirt confinement orders. From France to Florida … Read More

Coronavirus: Provinces say fines, arrests face people who don’t distance, self-isolate

After a week of strong urging from governments that people should keep apart to prevent the spread of COVID-19, provincial leaders — and their police forces — have stopped asking … Read More

Self isolation, social distancing amid coronavirus difficult in shared housing

In Canada’s crowded major cities, where many people live with one or multiple roommates, the spread of COVID-19 is leaving residents struggling with what to do if someone in a … Read More

A look at the math behind social distancing amid coronavirus

By now, Canadians are well aware they should be practising social distancing amid the new coronavirus pandemic. And there’s math behind the idea that cancelling plans, working from home and … Read More

Make time to take care of your mental health during COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted life as we know it. From stores and restaurants closing, to government recommendations self-isolate, there’s lots of confusion and anxiety over what the future holds. … Read More

‘All it takes is one slip’: Impassioned pleas from the coronavirus front lines

The number of deaths from the new coronavirus has topped 10,000 around the world, as of March 20, with more and more countries closing their borders and encouraging people to … Read More

Can I go for a walk outside during the coronavirus outbreak?

Cooped up in homes and apartments is undoubtedly taking a toll on Canadians across the country as we cope with the coronavirus pandemic.  Especially when concerns about unemployment, the pausing … Read More

Coronavirus: How long can Canadians expect to be social distancing?

For weeks, health officials across the country have been urging Canadians to practise social distancing and avoid public gatherings in an attempt to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. … 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

Couple leaves $9,400 tip to help restaurant staff through coronavirus shutdown

An anonymous couple left a whopping US$9,400 tip at their favourite restaurant in Houston on Monday, in hopes of helping the staff cope with sweeping social distancing measures meant to … Read More

Coronavirus: Quebec personalities heed premier’s call to ‘spread the info, not the virus’

Premier François Legault appealed to Quebec personalities on Tuesday to help spread the word among youth about the importance of social distancing. Legualt reached out to social influencers, artists, comedians, … Read More

‘I get infections all the time’: Protecting the vulnerable from novel coronavirus

The message to Canadians has been clear from health officials amid the novel coronavirus outbreak: stay indoors and limit your interactions with others. While bars and restaurants across the country … 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

Coronavirus: U.S. inches closer to shutdown as COVID-19 deaths rise to 64

Officials across the United States curtailed many elements of American life to fight the coronavirus outbreak on Sunday, with health officials recommending that groups of 50 or more don’t get … Read More