Author: Leslie Young

How close are we to a coronavirus vaccine?

Millions of dollars and hundreds of hours of researchers’ time have been invested in the hunt for a vaccine for the novel coronavirus. It’s paying off – experts say we could see the first vaccines approved by the end of 2020, but there’s still a lot of questions that need to be answered before you roll up your sleeve. These include how well it works, which shot we use, and who gets first crack at ...

Protests against Netanyahu gain steam, thousands demonstrate in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM — Thousands of demonstrators gathered outside the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday and thronged the streets of central Jerusalem, as weeks of protests against the Israeli leader appeared to be gaining steam. The demonstration in central Jerusalem, along with smaller gatherings in Tel Aviv, near Netanyahu’s beach house in central Israel and at dozens of ...

Masks more important than disinfectant for COVID-19 prevention, experts say

You can stop wiping down your groceries. And, as gyms and restaurants reopen across Toronto and other parts of Canada, you probably don’t need to worry too much about catching COVID-19 by touching a treadmill or a menu. While it is technically possible to catch the novel coronavirus by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your mouth or nose, scientists increasingly agree that it’s pre...

Coronavirus: Here’s how each province, territory is handling back-to-school

As Canada continues to grapple with the novel coronavirus pandemic, students, teachers and parents are beginning to prepare for the upcoming school year, but a lot of uncertainty remains. What will the new school year look like? What safety measures will be put in place in classrooms? Here’s a look at each province and territory’s back-to-school plan. Quebec In Quebec, preschoolers and students fr...

Early results find U.K. coronavirus vaccine ‘safe and induces an immune reaction’

A trial of a U.K.-developed coronavirus vaccine has found that it is safe and induces an immune reaction, according to preliminary results. The research, published in the Lancet medical journal on Monday, shows that a Phase 1/2 trial of more than 1,000 healthy adults found that the vaccine induced strong immune responses up to Day 56 of the ongoing trial. While people who received the vaccine did ...

Herd immunity won’t save us from the coronavirus pandemic

Throughout March and April, Spain was one of the countries hardest-hit by the coronavirus. The outbreak there has since slowed, but the country has recorded around 253,000 cases and 28,000 deaths so far – more than twice as many cases and three times as many deaths as Canada, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. But even with all those cases, most of Spain’s 47 million people still rem...

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 in Niagara Falls, New York to celebrate. That’s where she thinks she contracted COVID-19. She started feeling sick a few days later. First, it was a cough. “I woke up the next morning just feeling awful. I had a fever....

How ‘superspreading’ helps drive the coronavirus pandemic

Around 30 people recently attended a family gathering in the Fraser Health Region in B.C. and 15 of them left infected with the novel coronavirus, according to the province’s top doctor. “Superspreading” events like these have happened before: at a funeral in Newfoundland, a choir practice in Washington state, and at nightclubs in South Korea. Experts say superspreading events, and the superspread...

Will summer slow the coronavirus pandemic?

Summer is just around the corner, bringing hot weather, humidity and hopefully, lots of sunshine. And as we face the prospect of a pandemic summer, researchers have been digging into whether the nice weather might affect the spread of the novel coronavirus, and what that means for COVID-19 in Canada. Unfortunately, they say, it’s unlikely that sunshine will make the virus go away. There’s not real...

More staff, better layouts: how to make long-term care homes ‘good living’

Residents left in soiled diapers, cockroaches in living areas and people not getting three meals a day — just some of the allegations raised about Ontario long-term care homes by the military. The military was sent in to homes in Quebec and Ontario to help them respond to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. More than eight out of 10 Canadian deaths from COVID-19 have been among LTC residents. Story co...

Winnipeg thrift stores booming amid coronavirus reopening, garage sales not so much

Public health officials have opened up both garage sales and thrift shops for bargain-hungry Winnipeggers amid COVID-19. But less than a week after Manitoba’s chief public health officer gave the greenlight to hold and attend garage sales, Winnipeggers don’t seem quite ready to start the summer ritual just yet. Just a handful of sales were listed on kijij.ca Saturday and there were none advertised...

Coronavirus lockdowns might be delaying flu season in the southern hemisphere

As the southern hemisphere enters its winter season, it seems like flu season is running a little behind. Lockdowns and distancing measures are designed to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, but they might be affecting other diseases too, early data suggests. In a report on respiratory illnesses looking at this year up to May 17, South Africa’s National Institute for...

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