“We need to not gather with people not in our immediate household,” says L.A. public health director

Watch Live: Los Angeles County Department of Health holds media briefing

The Los Angeles County public health director on Saturday warned residents that they “need to not gather with anyone not in our immediate household” as COVID-19 cases have surged and the holiday season continues. New restrictions for the county, the strictest in the state of California, are set to go into effect on Monday, November 30 … Read more

Biden COVID-19 adviser: Many who celebrated Thanksgiving with family or friends will be in ICUs over Christmas

Biden COVID-19 adviser: Many who celebrated Thanksgiving with family or friends will be in ICUs over Christmas

Dr. Celine Gounder, a member of President-elect Joe Biden’s COVID-19 advisory board, said they expect to see an increase in coronavirus cases, hospitalizations, and eventually deaths in the weeks following Thanksgiving. Millions of Americans traveled for the holiday despite warnings from public health officials for people to stay home. “We fully expect that in about a week or two … Read more

Social barriers in Windsor school community with province’s largest COVID-19 outbreak amplify risk

Social barriers in Windsor school community with province's largest COVID-19 outbreak amplify risk

The province’s largest school outbreak is taking place in a Windsor neighbourhood that faces a number of social barriers known to facilitate the spread of COVID-19.  Forty-nine cases of COVID-19 — 40 students and nine staff members — are now connected to the outbreak at Frank W. Begley Public School in Windsor’s downtown. According to a map on the Windsor-Essex County … Read more

U.S. tops 13 million COVID-19 cases as experts fear holiday “surge upon surge upon surge”

U.S. tops 13 million COVID-19 cases as experts fear holiday "surge upon surge upon surge"

The United States reported more than 205,000 new COVID-19 cases and 1,400 deaths on Friday as the number of confirmed infections in the country soared past 13 million.  Over 30 states saw increases in new daily COVID-19 cases before the Thanksgiving holiday, leading experts to fear a post-holiday surge that could be compounded by the … Read more

What we learned about COVID-19 from the Diamond Princess

What we learned about COVID-19 from the Diamond Princess

In February 2020, the largest COVID-19 outbreak outside of China’s borders wasn’t in a neighbouring country or a crowded urban centre. It was on a cruise ship: the Diamond Princess. The ship’s passengers had been enjoying a luxury vacation on this immaculate, floating mini-city — at first, blissfully unaware of the invisible threat, then abruptly … Read more

Toronto’s high-risk communities need much more support, COVID-19 outreach workers say

Toronto's high-risk communities need much more support, COVID-19 outreach workers say

After spending nine months and counting doing health outreach work in his home community of Thorncliffe Park, Aamir Sukhera fears that slowing the spread of COVID-19 has become a nearly impossible task. “It’s a 1.5-kilometre radius of just giant towers with thousands of people,” said Sekhra, who is with the local non-profit The Neighbourhood Organization. … Read more

Russia says its COVID vaccine is 95% effective. So why is there still Western resistance to it?

Russia says its COVID vaccine is 95% effective. So why is there still Western resistance to it?

When Russia announced this week that its much-hyped COVID-19 vaccine was up to 95 per cent effective, the news was met with a predictable cheer in Russia and uncertainty throughout much of Europe and North America. “This is great news for Russia and great news for the world,” gushed Kirill Dmitriev, head of the Russian Direct Investment … Read more

No place but home for the holidays? Canadians torn over Christmas travel with no bending of curve in sight

No place but home for the holidays? Canadians torn over Christmas travel with no bending of curve in sight

They say there’s no place like home for the holidays. But in the year of COVID-19, even that lyric can raise anxiety-inducing questions — whose home? Would a gathering at your home be limited to your household members? If you live a few provinces over from your parents, is their home still safe for you to travel to? … Read more

U.K. regulator to assess AstraZeneca’s vaccine candidate amid trial questions

U.K. regulator to assess AstraZeneca's vaccine candidate amid trial questions

Britain asked its regulator on Friday to assess AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine for a possible rollout, while the Philippines and Thailand secured millions of doses, giving the shot a vote of confidence after experts raised questions about trial data. The U.K. government, which has secured 100 million doses of the vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford … Read more

Sask. health care system is strained due to high contact numbers, surging cases

Sask. health care system is strained due to high contact numbers, surging cases

The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) said the province’s health care system is strained amid a worsening pandemic. On Thursday the SHA gave an update on how it’s ramping up its response to the pandemic during a news conference in Regina.  The announcement came after the province reported 299 new cases and three more deaths.  Officials say the pressure on … Read more