More than 1,000 Albertans hospitalized with COVID-19

The number of Albertans hospitalized with COVID-19 has passed 1,000, a milestone not seen since the peak of the fourth wave last fall. Updated COVID-19 statistics released Monday by the Alberta government show there are 1,007 people hospitalized, up from 822 on Friday. The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care has also increased, now at 94, from 81 on […]

Pfizer’s COVID-19 pill could have a real impact in Canada – if we can roll it out fast enough

After Canada approves a new treatment for COVID-19, Pfizer’s highly effective oral treatment Paxlovid, experts hope the much-researched pill can help control a devastating flare-up caused by Omicron – if rolled out quickly enough. “I think it will be an effective tool in people at high risk if they can get tested fast enough that they can be in the […]

Federal nurses and contact tracers on the way as Nunavut reports another COVID-19 death

The federal government is providing Nunavut with three nurses and nine contact tracers to help manage the wave of COVID-19 sweeping through the territory. Nunavut Premier PJ Akeeagok announced the federal assistance Tuesday during a live COVID-19 update. Akeeagok also announced that another Nunavut resident has died from COVID-19. “My thoughts are with the family and the community,” he said. […]

Some patients come in for COVID-19, others get infected alongside another problem. In hospitals these lines are fading

In a busy intensive care unit in east Toronto, Dr. Martin Betts often sees patients struggling with a dual diagnosis: a serious health condition associated with – or caused by – COVID-19. As chief of critical care for the Scarborough Health Network, Betts treated several patients with diabetic ketoacidosis, a buildup of acids in the blood that is a life-threatening […]

What you need to know about layering masks

2 days ago News Duration 3:22 If you don’t have access to an N95 mask, or an equivalent, layering masks can be a good option — but that’s only if they’re being worn correctly. Dr. Anna Wolak, a family physician and member of Masks4Canada, breaks down the dos and don’ts of mask layering, as well as some hacks to help […]

Quebec asks bureaucrats to work in hospitals despite staff shortages

Quebec Premier Francois Legault is asking government workers to volunteer to work in hospitals as staff shortages continue to plague the province’s health care system. Bureaucrats are asked to agree to work in a hospital as ward aides, taking over non-medical tasks normally performed by nurses. This could include disinfecting surfaces and equipment, performing administrative tasks and providing meals to […]

Health Canada expected to approve Pfizer’s COVID-19 treatment today: sources

Health Canada is expected to approve Pfizer’s COVID-19 treatment for use in that country today, sources told CBC News and Radio-Canada. Dr Supriya Sharma, the health regulator’s chief medical adviser, will address the media at 11 a.m. ET. CBCNews.ca will broadcast his remarks live. Pfizer’s Paxlovid, which is a doctor-prescribed antiviral administered in pill form, is designed to help the […]

Physio graduates in limbo as clinical competency exams nixed, but still required for licensure

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the licensing process for new physiotherapists across Canada has been an endless saga of technical glitches, last-minute cancellations and disappointment for candidates. On Wednesday, the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators — the body responsible for the administration of the exams — announced that the clinical component of the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE) will no […]

Coronavirus: What’s happening in Canada and around the world on Sunday

The last: The World Health Organization said on Sunday that a UN-backed program shipping coronavirus vaccines to many low-income countries has now delivered a billion doses, but that milestone “is just one reminder of the work that remains” after hoarding and stockpiling in rich countries. A shipment of 1.1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Rwanda on Saturday included the […]

Canadian COVID-19 vaccine study seized by anti-vaxxers – highlighting dangers of early pandemic research

To subscribe to second opinion for a weekly roundup of health and medical science news. A Canadian study that grossly underestimated the protection offered by COVID-19 vaccines against the Omicron variant is being reviewed – but not before it was widely shared on social media by anti-vaxxers, academics and even the creators of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V. Ontario pre-publication […]