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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2020/04/22


Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world Wednesday. cbc.ca, Apr 22: Testing, testing: The key to controlling coronavirus spread. Inside Canada's frayed pandemic early warning system and its COVID-19 response. Trudeau to announce financial aid for students, youth who can't work due to COVID-19. Prisons watchdog in the dark on inmate early release plan to limit spread of COVID-19. INTERACTIVE | See the latest data on coronavirus cases in Canada. Read more

How one P.E.I. company is using chickens to try to detect COVID-19 in humans. cbc.ca, Apr 21: A Charlottetown biotech company has joined the fight against COVID-19 by creating antibodies that could help detect the presence of the virus in humans. Read more

Looking to produce a COVID-19 vaccine in the greenhouse. reporter.mcgill.ca, Apr 21: McGill researcher Dr. Brian Ward is also Medical Officer at Medicago…which is currently engaged in finding a solution to provide immunity to the virus that causes COVID-19. Read more

Toronto's top doctor releases charts showing COVID-19 data, suggests second wave is likely. toronto.ctvnews.ca, Apr 22: Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa told reporters the city has started to successfully flatten the curve and is at its peak period for COVID-19 cases. Read more

Trudeau confirms some cargo planes sent to China for pandemic supplies returned empty. cbc.ca, Apr 21: 'On-the-ground congestion' blamed for preventing delivery of PPE during plane’s landing window. Read more

Des milliers d’écouvillons importés de Chine par Québec sont inutilisables. ici.radio-canada.ca, 22 avril : D’autres provinces signalent des tests de dépistage contaminés. Lire plus

3M files lawsuit in Canada against firm accused of price-gouging on N95 masks. nationalpost.com, Apr 21: Minnesota-based 3M has filed a lawsuit against an Ontario company that allegedly claimed a phoney affiliation with the U.S. medical-gear maker to sell hard-to-find N95 face masks at exorbitant prices. Read more

Ottawa watching food supply chain 'very, very carefully' after Alberta outbreak. cbc.ca, Apr 21: Meat prices could go up now that a massive processing plant in Alberta has temporarily shut itself down following a COVID-19 outbreak. Read more

Coronavirus: Air Canada suspending flights to U.S. for 4 weeks after April 26. globalnews.ca, Apr 21: Air Canada says it’s suspending all scheduled flights to the United States for about four weeks after April 26 following a decision by the Canadian and U.S. governments to continue banning non-essential travel for another 30 days amid the coronavirus pandemic. Read more

Canada shifts tone, talks about ‘critical need’ for WHO review of response to COVID-19. theglobeandmail.com, Apr 20: The federal government says it’s crucial that the World Health Organization carry out a post-pandemic investigation of its response to COVID-19, as questions mount over the global health body’s handling of this crisis. Read more

'Disrespectful': Urban Indigenous population feels short-changed by federal COVID-19 response. cbc.ca, Apr 21: …Indigenous leaders say it's not enough. They're calling for off-reserve funding to be increased to take into account the fact that more than half of the Indigenous population lives in urban centres. Read more

35% of Canadians expect to lose their jobs in the next four weeks: StatsCan. benefitscanada.com, Apr 22: More than a third (35 per cent) of Canadians said they expect to lose their job or the main source of self-employment income in the next four weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey by Statistics Canada. Read more

Federal government has limited ability to ramp up COVID-19 testing nationwide, say officials. cbc.ca, Apr 21: Testing criteria are set by the provinces — and the country isn't testing nearly enough people. Read more

'Your whole life is spent caring': Clinicians over 60 stay on the job during pandemic despite the greater risk. cbc.ca, Apr 21: Pandemic is great time to embrace technology including virtual care, expert says. More than one-third of Canada's COVID-19 cases are people 60 and over. Many doctors and nurses are in that age group, which has experts considering about how best to protect them during the coronavirus outbreak, including the use of virtual care and other innovative tools. Read more

Coronavirus: Dozens of companies on wait-list to distribute test kits in Canada amid shortage. globalnews.ca, Apr 20: Every province and territory across Canada is asking for more COVID-19 test kits, but Health Canada has only approved 13 companies so far to import and distribute them. Read more

Drug plan considerations during the coronavirus pandemic. benefitscanada.ca, Apr 20: With providers of dental and paramedical services closed, many aspects of the benefits plans are seeing reduced use. But drug plan spending is continuing unabated — and experts say new concerns are coming up during the crisis. Read more

Ottawa urged to fund medical coverage for millions of laid-off Canadians. theglobeandmail.com, Apr 21: …labour leaders are urging the federal government to pay for their medication as a step toward setting up the long-promised national pharmacare program. Read more

1,900 city staff set to be re-deployed to covid-19 response, or put on leave. iheartradio.ca, Apr 20: Through the survey, staff members will have the option to opt-in to redeployment or to opt-out of redeployment. Read more

The doomed 30-year battle to stop a pandemic. macleans.ca, Apr 21: Paul Wells: For decades, researchers and officials obsessed with planning to stop an outbreak. Then along came COVID-19 and we were sitting ducks. What went wrong? Read more

Trudeau vows Canada’s PPE stockpile policies will be overhauled to prevent waste. globalnews.ca, Apr 20: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Ottawa will avoid destroying valuable medical equipment from the national stockpile from now on by making sure it gets used before it expires. Read more

'We need all hands on deck': Canadian farmers struggle with labour shortfall due to COVID-19. cbc.ca, Apr 20: Delayed arrival of temporary foreign workers due to COVID-19 could mean lower production, higher prices. Read more

Hospitals mull restart of paused services. theglobeandmail.com, Apr 19: Hospitals and health professionals across Canada are confronting the complex, urgent question of how to safely start treating more non-COVID-19 patients without jeopardizing the ability of the health care system to function. Read more

Finally, good news for renters as prices are expected to lead property decline. cbc.ca, Apr 20: There is nothing so bad that it does not end up helping someone is the old saying, and while the COVID-19 outbreak is bad for pretty well everyone, long-suffering renters may finally get a break. Read more

U of A faculty and staff partner with AHS to 'shield' front-line health workers from COVID-19 using 3-D printing. educationnewscanada.com, Apr 20: A group of University of Alberta clinicians, engineers and designers are working with Alberta Health Services (AHS) to create up to 2,000 3-D printed face shields for use in Alberta's hospitals as stocks of personal protective equipment (PPE) continue to dwindle worldwide. Read more

Social media firms catching more misinformation, but critics say 'they could be doing more'. cbc.ca, Apr 20: Facebook, Twitter and Google/YouTube have ramped up their efforts to police content that contains incorrect or harmful information, taking down the worst offenders, attaching warnings to content that has been fact-checked and linking to official sources, such as the Public Health Agency of Canada. Read more

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). who.int, Apr 22: Situation report - 92. Read more

Live updates: Deaths suggest coronavirus was spreading in U.S. earlier than previously thought; CDC director warns of devastating second wave. washingtonpost.com, Apr 22: Several states, including Georgia and South Carolina, are slowly beginning to ease restrictions and closures, although some health experts and local lawmakers have cautioned that it may be too early to do so safely. […] A new study shows that hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malarial drug aggressively touted by Trump, offered no benefit for treating covid-19 and was linked to higher death rates among Veterans Affairs patients. Read more

WHO says coronavirus came from an animal and was not made in a lab. usatoday.com, Apr 21: The available evidence indicates coronavirus originated in animals in China late last year and was not manipulated or produced in a laboratory. Read more

Trials of a SECOND coronavirus vaccine set to begin in June as Imperial College London scientists move towards human testing after Oxford experiments begin tomorrow. dailymail.co.uk, Apr 21: Scientists developing a second coronavirus vaccine will soon start recruiting volunteers for clinical trials to begin in June. Read more

Ohio State clinical trial uses nitric oxide to help coronavirus patients. cantonrep.com, Apr 21: Researchers are administering continuously pulsed nitric oxide via a hand-held device, to help prevent the progression of the virus in patients with mild to moderate COVID-19-related pneumonia. Read more

India suspends coronavirus antibody tests after questions over reliability. reuters.com, Apr 22: India has ordered a pause in testing for antibodies to the coronavirus because of concern over the accuracy. Read more

FDA Says Smokers May Have Higher Risk of Catching Covid-19. bloomberg.com, Apr 21: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration made a second revision on its stance about the risks of Covid-19 and nicotine, saying that cigarettes also increase the chances of catching the disease. Read more

Tracking the virus may require 300,000 workers. We're nowhere close. politico.com, Apr 21: Contact tracing is essential to reopening the economy and containing outbreaks, but the workforce doesn’t exist to do it. Read more

Isolated indigenous tribes risk extinction from coronavirus, experts say. nbcnews.com, Apr 22: With scant contact with the outside world and little immunity to disease, isolated indigenous tribes could be devastated by the coronavirus, experts say. Read more

United States should allow volunteers to be infected with coronavirus to test vaccines, lawmakers argue. sciencemag.org, Apr 21: Political support is building for regulators in the United States to embrace the controversial strategy of intentionally infecting volunteers with the virus that causes COVID-19 in order to test experimental vaccines. Read more

WHO warns that few have developed antibodies to Covid-19. theguardian.com, Apr 20: Only a tiny proportion of the global population – maybe as few as 2% or 3% – appear to have antibodies in the blood showing they have been infected with Covid-19, according to the World Health Organization, a finding that bodes ill for hopes that herd immunity will ease the exit from lockdown. Read more

FDA clears Novartis to open hydroxychloroquine trial for COVID-19. healio.com, Apr 20: Novartis has reached an agreement with the FDA clearing the way for the company to sponsor a large clinical trial studying the use of hydroxychloroquine among hospitalized patients with COVID-19. Read more

FDA Approves First Test for Patient At-Home Sample Collection for COVID-19. pharmacytimes.com, Apr 21: The FDA has approved the first diagnostic test with a home collection option for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Read more

What if the vaccine or drugs don’t save us? Plan B for coronavirus means research on alternatives is urgently needed. theconversation.com, Apr 21 [OPINION]: We are being saved by non-drug interventions such as quarantine, social distancing, handwashing, and – for health-care workers – masks and other protective equipment. Read more

How South Korea managed to flatten the COVID-19 curve. cbc.ca, Apr 20: Testing, contact tracing, attention to detail and leadership have helped get pandemic under control. Read more

WHO head warns worst of COVID-19 is still ahead. ctvnews.ca, Apr 20: The World Health Organization chief warned "the worst is yet ahead of us" in the coronavirus outbreak, reviving the alarm just as many countries ease restrictive measures aimed at reducing its spread. Read more

Mark Zuckerberg: How data can aid the fight against covid-19. washingtonpost.com, Apr 20 [OPINION]: […] Facebook can uniquely help researchers and health authorities get the information they need to respond to the outbreak and start planning for the recovery. Read more

The government must prevent Big Pharma profiteering from covid. politics.co.uk, Apr 21 [OPINION]: One of the major disparities that we are likely to see is who will be able to access a vaccine and who will not. Read more

Pressure builds on White House to increase tests. thehill.com, Apr 20: Pressure is building on the Trump administration to further increase the nation’s production of coronavirus tests, as experts say the country is still nowhere near the level it needs to be to safely reopen the country. Read more

Reports suggest many have had coronavirus with no symptoms. ctvnews.ca, Apr 20: A flood of new research suggests that far more people have had the coronavirus without any symptoms, fuelling hope that it will turn out to be much less lethal than originally feared. Read more

Doctors brace for shortages of sedation drugs needed for surgeries, intubation. theglobeandmail.com, Apr 21: The federal government has flagged serious concerns over shortages of drugs used to sedate patients and help them breathe – drugs that are critical in the treatment of COVID-19. Health Canada has placed 19 drugs on its “Tier 3” list, which is reserved for shortages that “have the greatest potential impact on Canada’s drug supply and health-care system.” Read more

Privacy commissioner investigating telehealth app. 660citynews.com, Apr 21: …the investigation was opened after concerns were identified in separate assessments submitted by a Calgary-based physician and Babylon Health Canada Limited.. Read more

COVID-19 crisis lays bare the importance of universal medicare. focusonvictoria.ca, Apr 21 [OPINION]: Would Canada—as some claim—really have been better prepared for a pandemic in a health system where care would be delivered to those who can afford to pay for it, rather than based on need? Let’s look at the evidence. Read more

UM researcher develops tool to assess children’s tooth decay. news.umanitoba.ca, Apr 20: A Rady Faculty of Health Sciences professor has developed Canada’s first screening tool designed for non-oral health professionals to assess the risk of tooth decay in children under six. Read more

Remote First Nations get access to virtual health care. timescolonist.com, Apr 20: Residents of 31 First Nations communities on Vancouver Island will be able to connect with a wide range of health-care providers from home via video calls or secure text messaging in the coming months. Read more

Getting rid of most e-cigarette flavours didn't hurt Juul sales: study. cbc.ca, Apr 20: Young people appear to have 'simply switched' to menthol and tobacco flavoured e-cigarettes, says scientist. Read more

Drug-resistant superbugs: A global threat intensified by the fight against coronavirus. theconversation.com, Apr 20: With the world’s attention on COVID-19, I believe that now is the time to talk about another pandemic that’s been happening right under our noses: antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Read more

HPV Drives Increase in Oral Cancers. dentistrytoday.com, Apr 21: Incidences of cancers of the oral cavity and pharynx increased from 2007 to 2016 due to increases in cancers of the tonsil, the base of the tongue, the oropharynx, other oral cavity and pharynx, and the gum and anterior tongue associated with the human papillomavirus (HPV), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more

AI makes dentists' work easier. eurekalert.com, Apr 21: New model helps localize the mandibular canals. Read more

Video Trial on Fluoridation Chemicals Set for June 8 in Federal Court. insidetracking.com, Apr 20: Twice-delayed, a lawsuit seeking to prohibit the addition of fluoridation chemicals to public water systems in the U.S. because of the threat fluoride poses to the developing brain will begin June 8, reports the Fluoride Action Network (FAN). Read more

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