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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2020/07/08

Canadians' COVID-19 fears are rising again — and the U.S. might be to blame. cbc.ca, July 8 [Analysis]: Cases are down but COVID-19 concerns are rising in Canada as the outbreak runs uncontrolled in the U.S. Read more

When a COVID-19 vaccine is ready, some Canadians likely won't want to get it. ctvnews.ca, July 7: The vast majority of Canadians say they expect they'll choose to get a COVID-19 vaccine when and if one is available, but some others say they likely will not, according to new data from Statistics Canada. Read more

Health experts press Ottawa for a more ‘balanced approach’ to tackling COVID-19 pandemic. theglobeandmail.com, July 7: Some of Canada’s top public-health experts say the country’s focus on wiping out the coronavirus is posing “significant risks to overall population health,” as other priorities take a backseat to the pandemic. Read more

Essential workers during COVID-19 susceptible to 'moral injury' and PTSD, hospital says. cbc.ca, July 7: ...The centre [Centre of Excellence on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder] at the Royal Ottawa Hospital has teamed up with the Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health to develop a guide for facilities including hospitals and peer-support organizations in an effort to reduce the impact on those susceptible to so-called moral injury, a type of PTSD. Read more

Edmonton hospital under ‘full facility outbreak’ due to rise in COVID-19 cases. theglobeandmail.com, July 8: An outbreak at the Misericordia Community Hospital was first declared by Alberta’s chief medical health officer two weeks ago, and restrictions were tightened as case numbers increased. Alberta Health Services says that 20 patients and 15 staff have tested positive. Three patients have died from the infection. Read more

Economic impact of COVID-19 among visible minority groups. 150.statcan.gc.ca, July 6: The economic lockdown triggered by COVID-19 has led so far to disproportionate employment losses among lower-paid workers and young workers. Its impact on visible minorities is currently less known. Read more

Ontario wants to extend some emergency measures over the next year. toronto.ctvnews.ca, July 7: The proposed law would allow the government to extend or amend some emergency orders a month at a time, with the law expiring a year after it’s passed. Read more

COVID-19 measures contributed to spike in OD deaths among B.C. Indigenous people, health authority says. bc.ctvnews.ca, July 6: The First Nations Health Authority says 89 members of its community fatally overdosed from illicit drugs across British Columbia between January and May, an increase of 93 per cent compared with the same period last year. Read more

Plasma project could use blood of COVID-19 survivors to help save the newly infected. theglobeandmail.com, July 6: If a second wave of COVID-19 slams into Canada in the fall, doctors are planning to have freezers full of convalescent plasma ready to deploy as part of an effort to determine, once and for all, whether the straw-coloured liquid in the blood of survivors can help save the newly infected. Read more

1st glimpse of Canada's true COVID-19 infection rate expected mid-July from immunity testing. cbc.ca, July 5: Results elsewhere suggest infection rate higher than number of confirmed cases. Read more

As U.S. buys up remdesivir, ‘vaccine nationalism’ threatens access to COVID-19 treatments. theconversation.com, July 5: Are we really all in this together? ‘Vaccine nationalism’ must be addressed to ensure equitable distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine. Read more

Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) situation reports. who.int, July 7: Situation report - 169. Read more

Coronavirus: What's happening around the world. cbc.ca, July 8: U.S. nears milestone of three million known COVID-19 infections. Brazilian president says he is confident he will swiftly recover from COVID-19. Spain's Catalonia region makes masks mandatory everywhere. Protests in Serbian capital as country reintroduces lockdown over spike in cases. Africa's confirmed COVID-19 cases now above a half million. Read more

Why the WHO won't say the coronavirus is airborne and driving the pandemic. cbc.ca, July 8 [Analysis]: Lack of 'definitive' evidence on the threat of the coronavirus through the air divides experts. Read more

U.S. sees new shortage of PPE as cases, hospitalizations climb. globalnews.ca, July 8: The personal protective gear that was in dangerously short supply during the early weeks of the coronavirus crisis in the U.S. is running low again as the virus resumes its rapid spread and the number of hospitalized patients climbs. Read more

Healthcare Workers Fear A Return To PPE Shortages As Coronavirus Caseloads Climb. forbes.com, July 7: The dramatic summer spike in coronavirus cases…has healthcare professionals fearing a return to the early days of the pandemic when availability of personal protective equipment, or PPE, lagged need and some desperate professionals resorted to wearing garbage bags. Read more

Hundreds of health groups petition against Trump. politico.com, July 7: The leaders of public health authorities and activist groups come together to defend the CDC and demand an end to political interference. Read more

EPA approves 1st disinfectant sprays that kill COVID-19 on surfaces. abcnews.go.com, July 7: …The agency said that Lysol Disinfectant Spray and Lysol Disinfectant Max Cover Mist were effective, based on laboratory testing, in preventing the spread of the virus on surfaces. Read more

Vaccinations Have Sharply Declined Nationwide during the COVID-19 Pandemic. scientificamerican.com, July 8: Rates of childhood immunization have fallen across the U.S., raising the risk of vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks. Read more

10% of Dental Clinics May Either Close or Refocus on Domestic Patients. imtj.com, July 7: Ian Youngman interviews Dental Departures founder Paul McTaggart on his dental travel agency plans, the regionalism of dental tourism, and how this global market attracting international patients will change in the next year. Read more

China's Sinovac starts late stage trials for its COVID-19 vaccine. business.financialpost.com, July 6: China’s Sinovac Biotech is starting Phase III trials of its potential coronavirus vaccine in Brazil, it said on Monday, becoming one of three companies to move into the late stages in the race to develop an inoculation against the disease. Read more

Fauci Says He Assumes Any Vaccine Will Offer ‘Finite’ Protection. bnnbloomberg.ca, July 6: Any vaccine developed to ward off the novel coronavirus would likely be limited in how long it would shield against infection, top U.S. infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said Monday. Read more

Regeneron COVID-19 treatment enters final stage trials. ctvnews.ca, July 6: The company is moving to the final Phase 3 stage of a trial to determine if its drug can prevent infection among people recently exposed to the virus -- for example through a person in their household. Read more

More than 200 experts agree: Coronavirus is airborne and can linger indoors. theglobeandmail.com, July 5: The coronavirus is finding new victims worldwide, in bars and restaurants, offices, markets and casinos, giving rise to frightening clusters of infection that increasingly confirm what many scientists have been saying for months: The virus lingers in the air indoors, infecting those nearby. Read more

Loss of smell, taste can linger longer than other COVID-19 symptoms: study. ctvnews.ca, July 5: ...According to the study…more than half of patients who lost one or both senses reported that it had not fully recovered after four weeks, with one in 10 saying that it had not improved at all. Read more

FDA head refuses to defend Trump claim that 99 per cent of COVID-19 cases are 'harmless'. ctvnews.ca, July 5: The commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Sunday declined to defend U.S. President Donald Trump's unfounded claim that 99 per cent of coronavirus cases are "totally harmless" and repeatedly refused to say whether Trump's remark is true or false. Read more

WHO halts hydroxychloroquine, HIV drugs in COVID trials after failure to reduce death. montrealgazette.com, July 4: The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday that it was discontinuing its trials of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and combination HIV drug lopinavir/ritonavir in hospitalized patients with COVID-19 after they failed to reduce mortality. Read more

FDA commissioner says he can't predict when vaccine will be ready. thehill.com, July 5: Stephen Hahn said Sunday that he would not make a prediction about when a coronavirus vaccine would be available after President Trump claimed that a vaccine or therapeutic would be ready "long before the end of the year." Read more

PBO says it could cost $98-billion to provide basic income for most Canadians for six months. theglobeandmail.com, July 8: The idea of providing a basic income to Canadians has gained steam as millions have watched their jobs or earnings evaporate in the COVID-19 pandemic, and the federal government has planned to spend about $174-billion to provide a financial floor for individuals and businesses. Read more

Morneau expected to reveal federal deficit in excess of $300-billion. theglobeandmail.com, July 7: Finance Minister Bill Morneau will forecast a deficit in excess of $300-billion, sources say, as the government announces for the first time how shutting down large swaths of the economy and spending billions on emergency pandemic programs is affecting Ottawa’s bottom line. Read more

Canadian Forces Health Services Group welcomes new Commander and Surgeon General. canada.ca, July 7: Rear-Admiral Rebecca Patterson assumed command of the Canadian Forces Health Services Group. Read more

Plan members increasingly open to pharmacogenetics, virtual care. benefitscanada.com, July 8: Virtual-care options are gaining ground, according to the 2020 Sanofi Canada health-care survey. Read more

Substance use cost estimated at $46-billion in Canada, contributed to almost 75,900 deaths in 2017. theglobeandmail.com, July 7: The cost of substance use in Canada reached an estimated $46-billion and contributed to almost 75,900 deaths in 2017, with drinking and smoking principally responsible, according to a new report. Read more

Canadian mental health remains low even as country reopens from coronavirus lockdown. benefitscanada.com, July 6: Even as Canada begins to reopen from coronavirus lockdown, uncertainty remains high and Canadians need employer mental-health supports more than ever. According to Morneau Shepell Ltd.’s latest mental-health index, Canadians’ mental-health score sat at negative 11 in June. Read more

Doctor's Note: How COVID-19 is increasing antibiotic resistance. aljazeera.com, July 7: Why has the WHO said a 'worrying number' of bacterial infections are becoming resistant to medicines? Read more

FDA Authorizes Marketing of IQOS as a Modified Risk Tobacco Product. bnnbloomberg.ca, July 7: Philip Morris International Inc. can market its IQOS products as reducing consumers’ exposure to harmful chemicals found in cigarettes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday. Read more

FDA Puts Kids, Public Health at Risk by Allowing Philip Morris to Market IQOS Heated Cigarette as Modified Risk Tobacco Product. lung.org, July 7 [Statement of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association and Truth Initiative.]: … With today’s action, the FDA has created a real danger that kids and adults will falsely believe IQOS has been proven to present a lower health risk and that kids will be exposed to marketing that portrays IQOS, a highly addictive tobacco product, as an appealing, cool alternative to cigarettes, in much the same way as e-cigarettes. Read more

Maine Issues New Guidelines for Licensing Dental Therapists. pewtrusts.org, July 1: The board issued final rules in April to regulate dental therapy, creating specific qualifications for licensure and establishing education requirements so that schools in the state can launch training programs. Read more

FDA adds oropharyngeal cancer prevention as indication for HPV vaccine. ada.org, July 1: ADA policy urges dentists to support use of vaccine. Read more

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