COVID in kids may be mistaken for skin diseases: experts

Pediatricians are warning that some COVID-19 cases in children may be going untreated or misdiagnosed as other viruses amid a rising number of positive patients whose only symptom is a skin rash. Toronto pediatric emergency physician Dr. Dina Kulik told CTV News Channel on Tuesday she and her colleagues are seeing “a lot more” children … Read more

COVID: Reported cases highest per capita in Atlantic Canada, NWT

TORONTO – With health authorities across Canada on high alert for another wave of COVID-19 as health restrictions continue to ease, the Atlantic provinces as well as the Northwest Territories are reporting more COVID-19 cases per capita than anywhere else in Canada or the US Experts say the high case-counts in these regions is likely … Read more

COVID resurgence underway in Canada: modeling

A COVID-19 resurgence is underway in Canada, but the latest uptick in cases is not unexpected given the ongoing relaxing of restrictions, according to Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam. “As of March the 31st, daily average case counts have increased by 28 per cent nationally, indicating a resurgence is underway,” Tam said Friday … Read more

‘Rise of the BA.2 variant is worrisome’: Quebec urges caution as it warns of ‘possible’ 6th COVID wave

Quebec is urging people to be prudent amid rising COVID-19 cases as the province says it is possibly gearing up for a sixth wave of the pandemic driven by the even more transmissible BA.2 Omicron subvariant. Interim public health director Dr. Luc Boileau held a rare Sunday press conference issuing a warning to Quebecers, saying … Read more

COVID-19: What could a new variant look like?

With COVID-19 restrictions lifting across the country, Canadians may be feeling as though aspects of their lives are starting to return to “normal.” But experts warn that ending long-standing practices such as physical distancing and masking will not only increase transmission, but raise the chances that a new COVID-19 variant will emerge. “Every person that … Read more

Vaccine Hunters Canada says goodbye for a second time

TORONTO – Last year, Vaccine Hunters Canada launched with a mission to help as many Canadians as possible find COVID-19 vaccine appointments. Now, with more than 88 per cent of Canadians aged five and up vaccinated with at least one dose, the volunteer-run group says they’re finally wrapping up their operations. “Exactly one year to … Read more

COVID travel rules: What to know as Canada lifts pre-entry test

As of April 1, fully vaccinated travelers will no longer need to provide a negative pre-entry COVID-19 test result to enter Canada by air, land or water. Eliminating the testing requirement, which was announced by the federal government on Thursday, is something that travel and tourism organizations have been calling for, arguing that the requirement … Read more

COVID: The benefit of fourth doses for at-risk groups

Those who are over the age of 60 or immunocompromised are especially at risk for severe COVID-19 disease. As provinces across Canada ease more of their pandemic-related restrictions, there are concerns that COVID-19 transmission could increase, which may lead to a rise in infections, especially among those most vulnerable. Public health officials and experts continue … Read more

Will mask wearing soon be seen as a political statement in Canada?

As provinces remove mask mandates across much of the country, experts say choosing to wear a face covering could be seen as a political statement, with the responsibility to protect Canadians against COVID-19 shifting to individual responsibility rather than a collective effort guided by public health measures. Kerry Bowman, a bioethicist and assistant professor at … Read more

Mask-wearing a ‘personal choice’: Njoo

In a marked shift in tone, Canada’s top public health officials have said that amid restrictions easing in many provinces, continuing to wear a mask is a “personal choice.” Deputy chief public health officer Dr. Howard Njoo made the comments during a Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) press conference on Friday, saying that while … Read more