Daily Media Digest March 12, 2021

N.B. woman with rare autoimmune disease undergoes high-risk treatment in Ottawa amid pandemic
CBC News
“While many Canadians are wondering when they’re going to get their COVID-19 vaccine, a New Brunswick woman will soon have every vaccine she has ever received wiped out of her system.”
TAGS: stem cell therapy, rare disorder, patient story, The Ottawa Hospital

Opinion: For Indigenous people, the urban-Northern divide has produced a tale of two vaccination efforts
The Globe and Mail
“Métis physician Janet Smylie is tired. When I speak to her, she’s leaning against a wall at the Na-Me-Res Indigenous men’s shelter, which is now a pop-up vaccination clinic, as she takes a breath from her work.”
TAGS: COVID-19, vaccination, Indigenous health

One year into the COVID-19 pandemic: What we know now, that we didn’t know then
CTV News
“On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization added a weighty word to the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 around the globe: pandemic. The declaration proved to be the beginning of the end of life as we knew it. Now one year later, as masks are as essential as our wallet when we leave the house and we obsessively sanitize and wash our hands, did you think our collective lives would still be in limbo?”
TAGS: COVID-19, pandemic, McMaster University, University Health Network

Pfizer says its vaccine is 94 per cent effective in preventing asymptomatic infection
Global News
“Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE said on Wednesday that real-world data from Israel suggests that their COVID-19 vaccine is 94 per cent effective in preventing asymptomatic infections, meaning the vaccine could significantly reduce transmission.”
TAGS: COVID-19, vaccine, Pfizer

Psychology professor plays a key role in a new study of severe COVID-19 cases in Quebec long-term care facilities
Concordia News
““We still do not understand why some long-term care residents have gotten so sick and died of COVID-19, whereas others, at the same facility, have had milder versions of the disease or have not been infected at all,” says Donald Vinh, MD …”
TAGS: COVID-19, long-term care, RI-MUHC, Douglas Research Centre

Opinion: Women are carrying the mental health burden of ‘worry-work.’ It’s time to stop focusing on stigma and talk more about solutions
Toronto Star
“Right from the pandemic’s outset, we knew mental health was going to be another COVID casualty. How could it not be? The staggering combination of job loss, social isolation and anxiety was bound to devastate many who sheltered at home. For front-line workers, it meant taking on more work, as well as risk.”
TAGS: COVID-19, pandemic, mental health, women, York University