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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2020/06/24

Coronavirus: What's happening around the world on Wednesday. cbc.ca, June 24: Some countries reconsider 2-metre rule for physical distancing, but not Canada. Timing is everything: How Canada got into a pandemic economy — and how it might get out. COVID-19 vaccine a matter of 'when not if,' but must be produced safely, Fauci tells U.S. lawmakers. B.C. runs risk of rapid rebound in COVID-19 cases if contacts exceed 65% of normal, health officials say. Alberta invests $10M in serology testing to help track spread of COVID-19. N.W.T. extends state of emergency, public health emergency for 7th time. Read more

Making masks mandatory is not a civil liberties issue. thestar.com, June 24 [OPINION]: Scientists agree that masks help stop the spread of COVID-19. So why aren’t Canadian governments making them mandatory? Read more

Saskatchewan’s top doctor recommends wearing reusable cloth masks come the fall. globalnews.ca, June 22: ...As gatherings move indoors and social distancing becomes challenging, he recommends everyone gets four or five reusable cloth masks, keeping one with you at all times. Read more

Many Canadians dealing with mental health issues due to coronavirus: survey. globalnews.ca, June 23: A new survey…reveals that COVID-19 continues to cause anxiety when it comes to employment status, income level and the availability of coping strategies. Read more

More than half of Canadians want to keep 2-metre distancing rule, poll finds. globalnews.ca, June 23: ...Sixty-six per cent of respondents to the poll, conducted by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies, said two metres should remain the safe distance kept between people, as recommended by Canada’s public health authorities. Read more

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). who.int, June 23: Situation report - 155. Read more

U.S. virus cases surge to highest level in 2 months. ctvnews.ca, June 24: …New cases in the U.S. have been surging for more than a week after trending down for more than six weeks. Read more

COVID-19 vaccine a matter of 'when not if,' but must be produced safely: Fauci. cbc.ca, June 23: U.S. health officials stress any vaccine must be verified as safe before being rushed into production Read more

First vaccinations begin in Africa for COVID-19 trial. thestar.com, June 24: Africa’s first participation in a COVID-19 vaccine trial started Wednesday as volunteers received injections developed at the University of Oxford in Britain, while officials said the continent of 1.3 billion people cannot be left behind. Read more

World's 1st inactivated COVID-19 vaccine produces antibodies. newswire.ca, June 23: The Phase I/II clinical trials of the world's first inactivated COVID-19 vaccine…produced antibodies in every participant, it was announced on Tuesday. Read more

Chinese Covid-19 Vaccines Cleared for Final Testing in U.A.E. bnnbloomberg.ca, June 24: ... Beijing-based China National Biotec Group Co. was awarded approval on Tuesday to conduct Phase III trials for its Covid-19 vaccines in the Middle Eastern country. Read more

Diabetes drug may lower COVID-19 death risk in women; key immune cells fail to respond to virus. reuters.com, June 22: The following is a brief roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. Read more

Coronavirus cases soar in big countries, especially Brazil, WHO says. reuters.com, June 22: The WHO said some countries that have successfully suppressed transmission are seeing an upswing in cases. WHO officials called for a rapid increase in production of the steroid dexamethasone to help treat severely ill patients hospitalized with the coronavirus. Clinical trials out of Britain found the drug had life-saving potential for severely ill patients. Read more

COVID-19 immunity might not last long for asymptomatic carriers: study. ctvnews.ca, June 22: New research out of China suggests that the COVID-19 antibodies needed for immunity to the virus do not last as long as many similar respiratory viruses, particularly among asymptomatic carriers. … Read more

How is benefits plan design evolving? benefitscanada.com, June 23: About three-quarters (72 per cent) of Canadians with a workplace health benefits plan have a traditional plan and 28 per cent have a flex plan, according to the 2020 Sanofi Canada health-care survey. Read more

Canadian orthodontists take aim at DIY dentistry. the-message.ca, June 22: The Canadian Association of Orthodontists has released a new campaign by Toronto agency Blackjet that looks to distinguish its members from direct-to-consumer competitors like SmileDirectClub by emphasizing the human relationships they have with their patients. Read more

Med school final exam plagued with technical issues after moving online due to COVID-19. cbc.ca, June 22: Medical Council of Canada calls problems with final qualifying exam 'unacceptable'. Read more

Doctors urge Alberta government to do more to keep kids from vaping. cbc.ca, June 22: A group of Alberta physicians is urging the provincial government to include additional measures in its pending legislation that would make vaping products less addictive and less attractive to children and youth. Read more

Health Canada posts recalls for three more hand sanitizer products. ctvnews.ca, June 22: Health Canada has added more hand sanitizer products to their growing recall list. The agency first announced recalls of some hand sanitizer products on June 6 due to the presence of industrial-grade ethanol, and has continued to update the list throughout the month. Read more

HelloMask: First transparent surgical mask goes to manufacture. dental-tribune.com, June 24: Researchers…have jointly developed a fully transparent surgical mask that is intended to replace the three-layer mask normally worn by medical staff. Read more

First-of-its-kind study finds oral hygiene training can significantly reduce pneumonia in nursing homes. medicalxpress.com, June 22: ...After participating in the study for one year, nursing homes that implemented the care program saw a statistically significant 31 percent reduction of pneumonia cases compared to nursing homes that did not use the program. Read more

Cleveland Clinic Children’s Study Links Chronic E-Cigarette Use with Long-Term Lung Injury in Teens. newsroom.clevelandclinic.org, June 23: New research builds upon a growing body of evidence that points to vaping products containing THC as most harmful. Read more

Scarce medical oxygen worldwide leaves many gasping for life. thestar.com, June 24: Soaring demand for oxygen prompted by the coronavirus is bringing out a stark global truth: Even the right to breathe depends on money. Read more

CBD for Dental Pain, Anxiety, and Problems: Does It Work? thehealthy.com, June 22: CBD is touted for a lot of issues like sleep and anxiety. Can it help cavities, TMJ problems, gum disease, and sensitive teeth? Read more

Taxing sugar levels in soda could prevent 2 million US cases of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, study says. cnn.com, June 22: Taxes on sugary drinks, a new study has revealed, can lead to major health gains and reductions in health care costs — but just how much of a benefit they provide can vary by the design of the tax. Read more

The end of vaping in Australia: Nearly all imports of e-cigarettes and refills will be BANNED from next week. dailymail.co.uk, June 22: Vaping nicotine in Australia is set to end as the government moves to ban the importation of most e-cigarettes into the country. From July 1, it will be illegal to import e-cigarettes and refills containing nicotine liquids or salts. Read more

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