Daily Media Digest March 23, 2020

COVID-19: U of S lab develops animal model for COVID vaccine testing
Saskatoon StarPhoenix
“The University of Saskatchewan’s Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) is the first Canadian lab to …”
TAGS: COVID-19, innovative research, public health, vaccine development

Firm founded by U of T researchers to manufacture portable ventilators for COVID-19 patients
“… Toronto General Hospital in the University Health Network (UHN). “I think that this device has several roles in the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Fisher, …”
TAGS: portable ventilators, COVID-19, public health

Dire scenario for intensive care even if COVID-19 infection rate drops: study
Times Colonist
“Researchers from the University of Toronto, University Health Network and Sunnybrook Hospital have released a model showing Ontario could run …”
TAGS: COVID-19, public health, intensive care

McGill University research institute launches global contest to find new ventilator designs

“Farivar, who holds the Canada research chair in integrated neuroscience, said with technology such as 3D printers readily available, manufacturing …”
TAGS: COVID-19, ventilator design, international competition, public health

What services are available and how to protect your mental health amid the coronavirus pandemic

The Globe and Mail
“… even though some services may be reduced, said David Gratzer, attending psychiatrist at Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).”
TAGS: mental health, COVID-19, public health

Hospital-based labs mobilize to test for COVID-19 and alleviate backlog

The Globe and Mail
“Jim Woodgett, director of research at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital, said the hope is that in the days and …”
TAGS: COVID-19, testing, public health

NSHA, IWK make parking free for health-care workers amid coronavirus pandemic

“The Nova Scotia Health Authority and IWK Health Centre opened the parking gates to let staff in free of charge on Friday. “In recognition of their …”
TAGS: health-care worker support, COVID-19, public health