COVID-19: McMaster researchers have been sharing their expertise

Death rate declining

  • Matthew Miller (Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences/IIDR) spoke to the Globe and Mail about mathematical modelling that suggests that the death rate from COVID-19 is probably much, much lower than is being reported based on data from a new study in The Lancet.

COVID-19 doesn’t follow the pattern of other viruses

  • Dawn Bowdish (Pathology and Molecular Medicine/IIDR) spoke to Global News about how the virus affects older and immune compromised individuals. 

Scientists track mutations for insights

  • Matthew Miller (Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences/IIDR) spoke to CBC News about the importance of sequencing. Picked up by MSN and Yahoo. 

Casting a wider net

  • Matthew Miller (Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences/IIDR) spoke to CBC News about the importance of community surveillance.

Containment is futile

  • Mark Loeb (Pathology and Molecular Medicine/IIDR) spoke to the National Post about preparing for the severity of community spread of the virus.

In other news:

Bacteria may be involved in type 2 diabetes

  • Bariatric News published an article about a study by Fernando Forato Anhê (Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences) on the possible link between gut bacterial and type 2 diabetes. MedIndia and New Atlas also posted articles.

Prisoners need timely access to opioid agonist therapy

  • The Conversation Canada published an opinion piece by Claire Bodkin (Family Medicine) and colleagues about the lack of treatment for opioid use in Canada’s prisons and jails. The Canadian Press, Associated Press, Halifax Today, The Chronicle Herald and Saltwire picked up the piece.

Hamilton forensic pathology unit closing end of March

  • The Hamilton Spectator wrote about the early closure of the unit, which was originally scheduled to close in July. The Welland Tribune and Niagara Falls Review picked up the article.

Expectant mother’s physical health contributes to a baby’s immunity