Daily Media Digest February 23, 2021

Do we know how effective vaccines are against the variants? Your COVID-19 questions answered

“Alyson Kelvin, a virologist working on COVID-19 vaccine candidates at VIDO-InterVac in Saskatoon, said surveillance in Canada and around the …”
TAGS: COVID-19, vaccines, variants, public health, VIDO-InterVac, Unviersity of Saskatchewan, McMaster University

London, Ont. and Hamilton hospitals partner to provide virtual urgent care
“Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, and Hamilton Health Sciences have teamed up to provide …”
TAGS: virtual care, public health, COVID-19, infection control, Hamilton Health Sciences

Sask. COVID-19 sewage study an ‘early warning system’ for variants, says researcher
“Saskatoon’s wastewater is once again going to be tested for the virus that causes COVID-19. Researchers from the University of Saskatchewan were …”
TAGS: COVID-19, wastewater, infectious disease, variants, University of Saskatchewan

New studies to track prevalence of coronavirus antibodies in Canada’s prison system amid surge in …
CTV News
“… Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, and the principal investigator of the Quebec provincial prisons study, said in the press release.”
TAGS: COVID-19, variants, antibodies, at-risk population

Loss of taste and smell due to COVID-19 could last up to five months, new study suggests
CTV News
“A preliminary study involving 813 Quebec health-care workers … Canada to receive record 640K vaccine doses this week with Pfizer, … Canada’s ‘long-haulers’ without family doctor need primary care: medical … security coordinator for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, receives a …”
TAGS: COVID-19, side effects, vaccines, public health

Sepsis costs Ontario health care system $1 billion a year: study
The Ottawa Citizen
“A new Ottawa-led study shows that sepsis costs the provincial health care system $1 billion a year, underlining the importance of early identification and treatment of the life-threatening condition.”
TAGS: health care, sepsis, treatment, early identification, The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute