Feds plan to provide Canadians with tools to fight coronavirus vaccine misinformation

The Public Health Agency of Canada plans to roll out webinars in an effort to combat increasing misinformation surrounding the impending novel coronavirus vaccine. Speaking to reporters at the 2020 … Read More

Vaccine advisory committee recommends new ranked roll-out, with long-term care at top

Canada’s vaccine advisory committee is now recommending people living in long-term care, assisted living, retirement homes and chronic care hospitals be vaccinated for the coronavirus first, along with the people … Read More

4 provinces see record increases in COVID-19; Nunavut reports new diagnoses

Nunavut reported four new cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday, moving the territory’s total to eight. Territorial health authorities said in an online statement that “all individuals are in … Read More

Canada on track for over 10K daily coronavirus cases by early December: Tam

Should Canada be unable to reign-in the coronavirus resurgence in the coming weeks, Dr. Theresa Tam says the country could see daily case counts of over 10,000 by early December. … Read More

‘Fires are burning’: Tam says Canada on track for 10K daily coronavirus cases

Should Canada be unable to reign-in the coronavirus resurgence in the coming weeks, Dr. Theresa Tam says the country could see daily case counts of more than 10,000 by early … Read More

Canada adds record 4,060 new coronavirus cases, 32 deaths Sunday

Canadian health officials confirmed a record 4,060 more cases of the novel coronavirus on Sunday and said 32 more people had died. Read more: Alberta records 727 cases of COVID-19 … Read More

Aerosol spread of coronavirus underscores importance of ‘three Cs’: Tam

For the first time, Canadian health officials are officially recognizing that COVID-19 can spread through tiny droplets known as aerosols that can linger in the air, but their advice for … Read More

Aerosol spread of coronavirus underscores importance of avoiding ‘three Cs’: Tam

For the first time, Canadian health officials are officially recognizing that COVID-19 can spread through tiny droplets known as aerosols that can linger in the air, but their advice for … Read More

Paper towel, dry baby wipes can work as filter in 3-layer masks: experts

As the cold winter weather forces most of us indoors during the coronavirus pandemic, Canada’s health leaders say it’s time to upgrade our cloth face masks. Read more: Can’t wear … Read More

3-layer masks with filter now recommended, Canada’s top doctor says

Canada’s top doctor has unveiled new recommendations for non-medical masks, saying they should be made of at least three layers and stressing their importance as the country heads indoors for … Read More

Canada adds 2,330 more coronavirus cases Sunday

Forty-three more people in Canada have died of the novel coronavirus, officials said Sunday, bringing the country’s death toll to 10,179. Since the pandemic began, 236,595 people in Canada have … Read More

Canada is nowhere near herd immunity to the novel coronavirus as second wave surges: Tam

Should Canada have shut its borders earlier to prevent the spread of the coronavirus? It’s a question that will need to be examined, says the country’s top doctor, but right … Read More

‘Big parties are off’ as Canada battles coronavirus, Tam says

Canadians need to reduce their contacts to get COVID-19 under control, the country’s top doctor said as she presented new modelling on the trajectory of the pandemic. “If we increase, … Read More

Canadians must ‘really reduce’ contacts as coronavirus surges: Tam

Canadians need to reduce their contacts to get COVID-19 under control, the country’s top doctor said as she presented new modelling on the trajectory of the pandemic. “If we increase, … Read More

2,145 more coronavirus cases confirmed as Canadian total pushes past 215,000

Canada added 2,145 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to its nationwide tally on Sunday, along with 24 more deaths. So far, 215,884 people in Canada have tested positive for … Read More

Canada must ‘immunize’ public against misinformation before COVID-19 vaccine arrives: Tam

Canada’s chief public health doctor says in the age of social media, fake news about the COVID-19 pandemic has been spreading faster than the virus itself. Dr. Theresa Tam says … Read More

Canada tops 200,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus

Canada surpassed 200,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus on Monday, marking a grim milestone for the country as provinces work to control the second wave. By the end of … Read More

Canada tops 200,000 cases of coronavirus

Canada surpassed 200,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus on Monday, marking a grim milestone for the country as provinces work to control the second wave. As of Tuesday at … Read More

Tam describes early scramble for coronavirus supplies as ‘swabaggedon’

As the early days of the coronavirus pandemic raged, Canadian public health officials found themselves facing down what the country’s top doctor on Wednesday described as “swabaggedon.” The swift and … Read More

Here’s how rapid antigen tests could help curb coronavirus, according to officials

Newly approved rapid tests will be pivotal in helping health authorities rein in rising novel coronavirus numbers in Canada, the country’s deputy chief public health officer Dr. Howard Njoo said … Read More

Canada needs to ‘test smartly’ to survive second wave of coronavirus, Tam says

Canada will need to “test smartly” if the country hopes to successfully navigate its way through a second wave of the novel coronavirus, Canada’s chief public health officer said Monday. … Read More

Tam urges caution during Thanksgiving amid recent rise in coronavirus cases

Canada’s top public health officer is urging people to plan ahead to make sure this year’s Thanksgiving holiday is safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Theresa Tam says indoor gatherings … Read More

Canada adds 1,812 coronavirus cases, 52 deaths as Tam warns ‘hard choices’ needed

Canada is reporting more than 1,800 new coronavirus cases and 52 deaths to the national tally on Saturday as the country’s top doctor warns time is running out to prevent … Read More

Canada’s chance to prevent coronavirus resurgence ‘narrows with each passing day’: Tam

Canada’s chief public health officer says the country is running out of time to prevent a large resurgence of COVID-19. Dr. Theresa Tam says the chance of doing so “narrows … Read More

Canada reports over 2,000 new coronavirus cases for first time since start of pandemic

Canada reported 2,122 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Friday, of which 2,049 were diagnosed in the last 24 hours. It was the highest daily case total Canada has … Read More

Canada surpasses 150,000 coronavirus cases

Eight months after the novel coronavirus was first diagnosed in Canada, the number of cases recorded has surpassed 150,000. Read more: Trudeau reinstates coronaviruses updates as 2nd wave intensifies As … Read More

Canada’s rising COVID-19 reproduction rate ‘not a good sign’ as schools reopen

As thousands of children head back to classes this week, Canada’s public health officials are keeping a close eye on signs of a “resurgence” of the coronavirus in communities. A … 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

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

Coronavirus vaccine will need high uptake for life to shift toward normal: officials

Canadians will need to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated in large numbers to finally corral COVID-19 before life can return to a semblance of its pre-pandemic state, Canada’s … Read More

‘Inevitable’ coronavirus cases will rise as schools reopen, chief health officer says

Canada’s chief public health officer says families should expect to see cases of COVID-19 in schools as children head back to class. It is important that each school have a … Read More

Coronavirus: Ventilator supply to increase as Tam warns of possible fall surge

Only a small fraction of the 40,000 new ventilators Canada ordered for hospitals last spring have already been delivered but several companies involved say their production lines will start delivering … Read More

COVID Alert app helpful even if it only works on newer smartphones, Tam says

Answering criticism that the federal “COVID Alert” app only works on newer smartphones, Dr. Theresa Tam says it’s one of many tools in fighting the novel coronavirus. The app released … Read More

Canada to release mask guidelines for children, recommend them for kids aged 10+

The federal government will be releasing mask guidelines for children returning to school amid the novel coronavirus pandemic by the end of the week, chief public health officer Theresa Tam … Read More

COVID-19: Doctors say wearing masks in crowded outdoor spaces helps prevent spread of coronavirus

With masks becoming mandatory at many indoors spots in Calgary on Aug 1, some doctors are now saying people should also be wearing them more often outdoors amid the ongoing … Read More

Canada’s coronavirus death toll rises by 5 on Sunday

The national COVID-19 death toll rose by five on Sunday, while the country’s top doctor urged Canadians to continue to protect themselves as the pandemic wears on. Read more: Model … Read More

Canada’s top doctor warns young people to not give in to coronavirus fatigue

Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam is doubling down on warnings to young Canadians to stop fuelling the spread of the novel coronavirus. Tam delivered that pre-weekend warning … Read More

U.S.-China tensions could make WHO coronavirus review ‘incredibly difficult:’ expert

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says there will need to be “improvements” made to the World Health Organization in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as questions about China‘s … Read More

First coronavirus antibody tests will roll out as quickly as possible, Tam says

The first serological test — or antibody test — for the novel coronavirus will be rolled out as rapidly as possible, Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam said on Wednesday. … Read More

Canada’s coronavirus death toll tops 5,000

More than 5,000 Canadians have now died from the novel coronavirus, with cases topping 70,000. By Tuesday morning, federal and provincial authorities said 5,049 had died from the virus, adding … Read More

Provinces eye technology-enhanced contact tracing in next phase of COVID-19 fight

Using the simple tools of a telephone, paper and pen, contact tracers across Canada are handling some of the most important work in the fight against COVID-19. In Alberta, a … Read More

Canada focuses on mitigating COVID-19, placing virus origin search on backburner

Canada is keeping a safe distance — for now — from the theory that the COVID-19 outbreak began by accident in a virology laboratory in China — a narrative that’s … Read More

Temperature screening not always reliable to mitigate coronavirus risk, experts say

As Canada shifts towards returning to a new normal, temperature screening — an approach that uses a touchless scanner to measure a person’s body temperature — has been the subject … Read More

Canada to invest $240M in online healthcare amid coronavirus, Trudeau says

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the federal government is investing over $240 million to bring healthcare online, expanding tools and creating new virtual platforms for mental health and primary care … Read More

Canada’s coronavirus death toll surpasses 3,000

More than 3,000 people have now died from the novel coronavirus in Canada, marking another sombre milestone for the country. As of Thursday morning, 3,082 people had died from COVID-19, … Read More

Tam says coronavirus measures yielding ‘encouraging results,’ slowing death toll

Canada’s top medical official said on Sunday she was encouraged the coronavirus death toll was slowing while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said isolation measures to fight the outbreak should remain … Read More

Hajdu defends Health Canada after Kenney suggests Alberta may move ahead with steps to combat COVID-19 without its approval

Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu defended Health Canada’s process for approving tools to fight COVID-19 on Tuesday after Premier Jason Kenney suggested Alberta may bypass its approval to take steps … Read More

Can masks be sterilized, reused in fight against coronavirus? Experts say yes

“There’s no real way to clean it because of the materials that they’re made of,” he said. “You can’t really stick it in water very easily or in other cleaning solutions and be confident that you’ve actually removed very much.”

Coronavirus: Wearing non-medical masks will help others but not you, Tam says

Canada’s top doctor is now recommending that people who don’t have symptoms of the novel coronavirus virus wear “non-medical” masks when outside their home as “an additional measure” to protect … Read More

This week ‘critical’ for Canada’s fight against coronavirus, officials say. Here’s why

As Canada continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, officials say this week will be “critical” in the country’s fight against the outbreak. “This is a really critical week in … Read More

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