Daily Media Digest August 12, 2020

No one’s talking about winter yet. When it comes to COVID-19, here’s why we should
CBC News
“Wherever you are in Canada, chances are you don’t have sub-zero temperatures on your mind just yet. But amid the COVID-19 pandemic, winter could bring a whole host of new challenges — and experts say now is the time to prepare.”
TAGS: COVID-19, winter, University Health Network, University of Toronto

25th annual Gutsy Walk virtually raising funds for Crohn’s and colitis research
“The 25th annual Gutsy Walk, which raises funds for research into Crohn’s and colitis, as well as awareness about inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), has gone virtual this summer. The event’s official date is August 23, but Crohn’s and Colitis Canada is encouraging participants to take part in activities all month.”
TAGS: inflammatory bowel disease, fundraising, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada

What’s behind the changes in Quebec’s new back-to-school plan?
CBC News
“There is a lot riding on Quebec’s back-to-school plan … Broadly stated, it has to accomplish two things: return as many students to the classroom as possible this fall, and do this without triggering a devastating second wave of infections that could imperil the provincial health-care system.”
TAGS: COVID-19, public health, education, Quebec, McGill University Health Centre

U of S prof urges province to consider COVID-19 ‘pool testing’ of students returning to school
CBC News
“Kyle Anderson says he knows it’s not practical to individually test thousands of students for COVID-19 when they return to schools next month. But the University of Saskatchewan biomedical professor says it’s critical to find a way to monitor the virus.”
TAGS: COVID-19, testing, education, University of Saskatchewan

Mental-health crisis line sees surge in calls due to pandemic
Halifax Today
“Nova Scotia’s mental-health crisis line last month received 35 per cent more phone calls than in July 2019, as people with psychological issues continue to be impacted by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.”
TAGS: mental health, COVID-19, Nova Scotia Health

‘Remote access is here to stay,’ healthcare webinar told
IT World Canada
“Many clinical and administrative staff will be treating patients and accessing data remotely after the COVID-19 crisis settles, experts said during a Canadian webinar on the effects of the pandemic on the healthcare sector.”
TAGS: health care, virtual, University Health Network

BC collaborations open us a world of possibilities in cardiovascular research
“The Centre for Cardiovascular Innovation – Centre d’Innovation Cardiovasculaire (CCI-CIC) is a new research centre at the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute that gives BC’s cardiovascular researchers the chance to develop research projects aimed at improving patient care.”
TAGS: cardiovascular health, research, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute