Daily Media Digest August 4, 2020

‘COVIDsomnia’: Why the pandemic is messing with people’s sleep
CTV News
“Shortly after the pandemic began, Richard Leadlay noticed his bedtime slowly creeping later and later. “I just started staying up late, and going to bed really early. And I didn’t realize that it was going to turn my life upside down,” Leadlay told CTV News from his home in London, Ont.”
TAGS: COVID-19, sleep, McMaster University, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

UNB professor working on a mask that would kill the coronavirus
CBC News
“Amid growing evidence of airborne transmission of COVID-19, the work of one New Brunswick researcher could become an important tool to help prevent the spread of the virus.”
TAGS: COVID-19, masks, technology, University of New Brunswick

Canadian hospitals using new therapies to treat critically ill COVID-19 patients
Global News
“More than six months later and thanks to a flurry of international research, some new therapies have emerged. In recent weeks, doctors say an anti-inflammatory steroid, dexamethasone, has become standard care in intensive care units across the country.”
TAGS: COVID-19, treatment, University of Calgary, McMaster University, University Health Network

Some countries may get faster access to a COVID-19 vaccine than others. Here’s why
CBC News
“The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the world hard, and countries around the globe are anxious to get their hands on a vaccine as soon as possible in the hopes that it will bring a return to normalcy.”
TAGS: COVID-19, vaccines, IWK Health Centre, York University

Understanding disinformation during the pandemic
Carleton Newsroom
“Using COVID-19 as a case study, Dornan’s paper explores factors that contribute to the spread of disinformation during times of uncertainty. He argues that science has historically been poorly understood by the general public, despite being key to many aspects of modern life.”
TAGS: COVID-19, misinformation, science, Carleton University

COVID-19 conspiracy theories creating a ‘public health crisis’ in Canada, experts say
CBC News
“Researchers say conspiracy theories about COVID-19 are spreading at an alarming rate across the country — and they warn misinformation shared online may lead to devastating consequences and push Canadians to shun important safety measures.”
TAGS: COVID-19, public health, misinformation, Western University, Carleton University, McGill University

Queen’s researcher to build COVID-19 patient tracking database
The Kingston Whig Standard
““There is an urgent need for high-quality data from suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients managed in Ontario emergency departments to support better decisions, improve care, flatten the COVID-19 curve and support better preparedness for future pandemics,” Dr. Brooks said in a news release.”
TAGS: COVID-19, patients, data, Queen’s University, Kingston Health Sciences Centre

Sask. one of the only provinces without Indigenous-specific cancer supports: professor
Saskatoon StarPhoenix
“Saskatchewan is the only province or territory outside the maritimes without Indigenous-specific cancer supports. That’s one of the conclusions of a spring environmental scan from University of Saskatchewan researcher and surgeon Dr. Gary Groot. The survey notes Saskatchewan offers several formal supports for cancer patients in general, but none specifically for Indigenous patients.”
TAGS: Indigenous, cancer, University of Saskatchewan