Daily Media Digest August 10, 2020

We need culturally appropriate health care for Black Canadians
CBC News
“As Black health advocates with a range of experience in health policy, health coaching and meaningful engagement with African-Canadian communities, we know all too well that anti-Black racism impacts all areas of life for people of African descent living in Canada.”
TAGS: health care, Black Canadians, racism, Diabetes Canada

Multiple vaccine candidates needed to safeguard against possible failures, task force co-lead says
CBC News 
“A co-chair of Canada’s new COVID-19 vaccine task force says it will be critical to have a number of vaccine candidates on hand to halt the spread of the coronavirus should any of the country’s leading options fail.”
TAGS: COVID-19, vaccine, IWK Health Centre

Young adults more likely to have mental health issues amid pandemic, survey shows
CBC News
“Young adult Canadians are more likely to experience mental health issues during COVID-19, but three of them in the Lower Mainland say the pandemic has also given them the opportunity to spend more time with family and friends.”
TAGS: COVID-19, mental health, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

What’s missing from Canada’s plans to get kids back to school safely
CBC News
“But with less than a month to go until schools reopen across the country in the current global pandemic, experts say Canada’s plans to get kids back in the classroom safely are missing some key lessons from history.”
TAGS: COVID-19, public health, education, University of Ottawa, University of Toronto, University Health Network, Sinai Health System

Empathy can combat the spread of COVID-19 misinformation, says U of C researcher
Calgary Herald
“COVID-19 misinformation poses a threat to public safety, says a University of Calgary researcher who believes empathy can go a long way in combating its spread.”
TAGS: COVID-19, misinformation, public health, University of Calgary

Laurier professor collaboratres with doctors in Wuhan, China on at-home monitoring system for COVID-19 patients
Laurier News Hub
“As the potential for a second wave of COVID-19 looms in Canada, an associate professor of marketing at Wilfrid Laurier University has collaborated with doctors in Wuhan, China to test a telemedicine system for coronavirus patients that relieves pressure on health-care systems.”
TAGS: COVID-19, international research, telemedicine, Wilfrid Laurier University

Opioid overdose crisis outstrips COVID-19 pandemic in Canada, frontline workers say
Capital Current
“The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way most people go about their daily lives. But for the already vulnerable population of substance users, the rules and restrictions of COVID-19 have heightened the risks they experience, according to drug policy experts and health advocates.”
TAGS: COVID-19, opioid crisis, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

Dalhousie, IWK study offers tips by text to 1st-time moms
CBC News
“”I was initially looking at the support that moms who have just given birth receive in Halifax, Nova Scotia, broadly, and I was quite surprised at the gap of care that happens within the postpartum period,” Justine Dol told CBC Nova Scotia News at Six.”
TAGS: mothers, self care, baby care, study, IWK Health Centre, Dalhousie University

Fewer babies are being born premature during COVID-19
CTV News
“A puzzling trend among pregnant women has doctors around the world scratching their heads, and a group of Canadian scientists is trying to crack the medical mystery.”
TAGS: pregnancy, childbirth, COVID-19, IWK Health Centre, University of Manitoba