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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2020/07/29

The latest updates on the global coronavirus outbreak. ctvnews.ca, July 29: The latest news on the coronavirus outbreak and cases of COVID-19 from Canada and around the world. Read more

Health Canada authorizes drug remdesivir for severe COVID-19 cases. cbc.ca, July 28: Health Canada has authorized, with conditions, the drug remdesivir for patients with severe COVID-19, though Canada's top doctor says the supply is limited. Read more

Tam says feds, experts discussing COVID-19 vaccine orders amid concerns of delay. ctvnews.ca, July 28: Active discussions are taking place to potentially pre-order COVID-19 vaccine doses for Canadians, chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam said Tuesday. Read more

Canadian government has yet to place orders for leading potential COVID vaccines. nationalpost.com, July 29: One expert said Canada could find itself at the back of the line, if it doesn’t move quickly to secure some of the leading vaccines in development. Read more

Canada records fewer than 400 coronavirus cases for first time in nearly 2 weeks. globalnews.ca, July 28: ...The lower number came on the same day Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam said Canada was seeing an “uptick” in reported outbreaks in jurisdictions across the country. Read more

Who heads back to class in September? A look at school re-openings by province. ctvnews.ca, July 29: As Canada deals with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, students and teachers are preparing to face a very different school year come September. Read more

Kids are not major source of COVID-19 spread, McMaster research review finds. cbc.ca, July 29: A new McMaster University review of COVID-19 research says children will not become super spreaders or cause a spike in infections if they return to school. Read more

Virtual visits with Ontario family doctors to remain the norm, for now. cbc.ca, July 28: While Ontario's Stage 3 reopening means people can go to bars and eat in restaurants, family physicians are unlikely to transition from virtual to in-person visits any time soon, despite concerns over potential long-term consequences. Read more

A third of working Canadians worry about job security during pandemic: survey. benefitscanada.com, July 27: More than half (58 per cent) of working Canadians said they feel more concerned about their financial situation due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new survey by the Canadian Payroll Association. Read more

Anti-masking groups draw from anti-vaccination playbook to spread misinformation. cbc.ca, July 27: As more regions across the country adopt mandatory masking policies in an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19, some anti-masking groups are joining forces with anti-vaccination proponents and adopting their techniques to spread misinformation and amplify their message. Read more

Mental health impact of coronavirus pandemic hits marginalized groups hardest. theconversation.com, July 27: The mental health consequences of COVID-19 can be described as the “fourth wave” of the pandemic, and are projected to result in the greatest and most enduring health footprint. Read more

Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019). who.int, July 28: Situation Report – 190. Read more

Twitter, Facebook are the main sources of COVID-19 misinformation, a McGill study finds. montrealgazette.com, July 29: Researchers found stark differences between users of social media vs. traditional media, the former being less likely to treat the pandemic as a threat. Read more

Coronavirus vaccine: UK signs deal with GSK and Sanofi. bbc.com, July 29: The UK government has signed a fourth coronavirus vaccine deal, securing up to 60 million doses of an experimental treatment being developed by drug giants GSK and Sanofi. Read more

Moderna protects 16 monkeys from virus; 30,000 humans await. bnnbloomberg.ca, July 28: ...Two injections of the vaccine protected against heavy exposure to the virus at two different levels of dosage, Moderna said in findings published Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. Read more

Pfizer Says Covid Could Endure, Sees Long-Term Need for Shot. bnnbloomberg.ca, July 28: Pfizer said it expects that a Covid-19 vaccine could, like the flu shot, be an inoculation that is needed regularly to be effective. Read more

Moderna plans to price COVID-19 vaccine to ensure broad access. theglobeandmail.com, July 29: Moderna Inc plans to price its experimental coronavirus vaccine in a way that ensures broad access, it said on Wednesday, adding that it did not intend to conduct late-stage trials of the vaccine outside the United States. Read more

Measles vaccination disruptions due to coronavirus put 80 million children at risk. theguardian.com, July 29: The onset of Covid-19 has devastated immunisation programmes, leaving huge numbers of infants unprotected from deadly diseases. Read more

America's two coronavirus realities. axios.com, July 28: The coronavirus-driven recession is creating two parallel economic realities and they are growing further apart by the day. Many people with financial assets and white-collar jobs have actually benefited from the economic downturn, while the rest of the country is doing its best to stay afloat. Read more

Pandemic total speeds past 16 million. cidrap.umn.edu, July 27: With the global COVID-19 total now over 16 million, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said today that pandemic activity is accelerating, with fresh clusters reported in Vietnam, a country that had controlled the spread of the virus. Read more

30,000 Americans receive Covid-19 vaccine in major test. politico.com, July 27: The biggest test yet of an experimental COVID-19 vaccine got underway Monday with the first of some 30,000 Americans rolling up their sleeves to receive shots created by the U.S. government as part of the all-out global race to stop the outbreak. Read more

Pfizer and BioNTech began late-stage human trial for coronavirus vaccine Monday. cnbc.com, July 27: U.S. drugmaker Pfizer and German biotech BioNTech said they began their late-stage human trial for a potential coronavirus vaccine on Monday as pharmaceutical companies race to win regulatory approval before the end of the year. Read more

How anti-vaxxers are thinking about a Covid-19 vaccine. vox.com, July 28 [OPINION]: …But in order for a vaccine to be broadly accepted to provide some community-level protection, we must explore the questions and assertions driving skepticism about a Covid-19 vaccine among those who already oppose them as well as those who are still uncertain. Read more

Youth COVID-19 hospitalizations in Florida surge 23%. axios.com, July 27: Coronavirus cases in children have greatly increased in Florida, with total infections up 34% and hospitalizations up 23% between July 16 and July 24, according to the Florida Department of Health. Read more

2019 Annual Report now available. rcdso.org, July 28: Read more

Nearly 50 hand sanitizers have been recalled by Health Canada. mykawartha.com, July 29: Health Canada has recalled 49 types of hand sanitizers that contain ethanol or denaturants that are not permitted for use in these products in Canada. Read more

Virtual care is here to stay, but major challenges remain. cmaj.com, July 27: ... The introduction of fee codes allowing doctors to bill provincial health plans for virtual care removed the main financial barrier to broader uptake by physicians and patients. But other longstanding barriers to virtual care remain. Read more

Alberta and B.C. grapple an overdose epidemic deadlier than COVID-19. theglobeandmail.com, July 26: The scourge of opioids seemed to finally ease last year in the two provinces where it has hit hardest. Read more

U of T researchers find diabetes medication may slow memory decline in Alzheimer’s disease. medicine.utoronto.ca, July 29: A new study from researchers at the University of Toronto and the Sunnybrook Research Institute has shown that a common diabetes medication may have the potential to slow memory loss in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Read more

Tooth Tech Could Help Dentists Diagnose Problems More Quickly. now.tufts.edu, July 28: Digital innovations with artificial intelligence hold promise to improve dental care, speed office visits, and lower costs. Read more

Americans are consuming less sugar and more sweeteners, but experts say that's not necessarily an improvement. insider.com, July 29: Americans are eating less sugar and more artificial sweeteners, according to new research. Read more

Cannabinoids fight plaque as effectively as chlorhexidine in mouthwash—study. eu.dental-tribune.com, July 24: An industry-affiliated study has found that two cannabinoid-infused mouthwash products … are as effective as 0.2% chlorhexidine mouthwash and more effective than two over-the-counter mouthwash products in inhibiting total culturable bacterial content in dental plaque samples. Read more

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