Daily Media Digest April 27, 2020

London, Ont., researchers studying loss of smell in COVID-19 patients as part of global initiative

“Scientists at Western University and Lawson Health Research Institute in London, Ont., are taking part in an initiative called the Global Consortium for …”
TAGS: COVID-19, public health, innovative research

USask VIDO-InterVac awarded $23M for COVID-19 vaccine research
USask News – University of Saskatchewan
“The University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) has been …”
TAGS: COVID-19, public health, vaccine research

Laurier researchers studying mental health impacts of COVID-19 outbreak on Canadian workers
“As Canadians implement social distancing measures to minimize the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), researchers at Wilfrid Laurier University are studying the effects of social isolation on Canadian workers in real time.”
TAGS: COVID-19, public health, mental health

UBC students among final 10 teams in global competition to create low-cost ventilator
“… Challenge, is a global initiative by the Montreal General Hospital Foundation and the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre.”
TAGS: COVID-19, public health, ventilator

Look out N95. A group from the U of S is engineering a new mask
“An engineering team at the University of Saskatchewan says it’s a month away from creating a N95-class respiratory mask. 1 hour ago; 5:17”
TAGS: COVID-19, public health, personal protective equpiment, N95

Researchers study mental health of front-line workers responding to COVID-19 pandemic
“The Canadian Institutes of Health Research are providing close to $1 … associate scientist at Lawson Health Research Institute and a psychiatrist at …”
TAGS: COVID-19, public health, mental health

Volunteers use 3D printers to make personal protective equipment during coronavirus pandemic
The Globe and Mail
“While the ventilator connector was designed from the ground up, in partnership with the University Health Network as part of an open-source research …”
TAGS: COVID-19, public health, personal protective equipment

Respiratory therapists may be the ‘best kept secret’ in the fight against coronavirus
“The IWK has used knowledge passed along from other health-care experts on the front lines to create a Pandemic Response Unit (PRU) dedicated to …”
TAGS: COVID-19, public health, respiratory therapist, frontline workers

Collection of essays co-edited by Laurier professors cuts through emotion to cast critical lens on COVID-19 response
“Co-editors Penelope Ironstone, associate professor in Laurier’s Department of Communication Studies, and Greg Bird, associate professor of Sociology, felt an urgent need to react to the pandemic as it unfolded.”
TAGS: COVID-19, public health