Two teams of scientists isolate coronavirus to speed research effort

The Globe and Mail wrote about the researchers who were involved in isolating the COVID-19 virus, including Arinjay Banerjee and Karen Mossman (Pathology and Molecular Medicine/IIDR). There was national and international media coverage about this discovery, including Toronto Star, CTV, Canadian Press, New York Times Post, and The Independent among others.
Listen here to an interview with Karen Mossman, TSN
Listen here to and interview Arinjay Banerjee, CBC Here and Now

Working in remote environments

A Forbes article quoted Daniel Kollek (Emergency Medicine) noting that this is a different and better situation compared to SARS.

Coronavirus: What we know and what we don’t know

Mark Loeb and Dawn Bowdish (Pathology and Molecular Medicine/IIDR) spoke to Zoomer magazine about why older adults get sicker and whether people should wear masks.

Donating blood amid COVID-19 cancellations

Dustin Costescu (Obstetrics and Gynecology) spoke to CBC Hamilton about Canadian Blood Services not allowing gay and bisexual men to donate blood.

Hamilton’s homeless and COVID-19: A perfect storm
The Hamilton Spectator published an opinion piece by Naheed Dosani and Jacqueline Carverhill (Family Medicine) about protecting the city’s most vulnerable citizens. Several community newspapers picked up the story.

The sports ban could last longer than 8 weeks

Mark Loeb (Pathology and Molecular Medicine/IIDR) spoke to TSN about whether it is realistic to say that the ban on sports and other large gatherings will be lifted in 8 weeks, suggesting statistically it could possibly be 4 to 6 months.

Flattening the curve

Zain Chagla (Medicine) spoke to CBC radio about social distancing and the meaning of flattening the curve.

Community transmission

Matthew Miller (Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences/IIDR) spoke to CBC News about the lag time between when community-based transmission actually starts to occur and when it’s detected.

Vaccine research takes on new urgency

Charu Kaushic (Pathology and Molecular Medicine/IIDR) spoke to CBC News about the importance of a vaccine that would prevent the pandemic from spreading as fast as it is now.

False claim – marijuana kills coronavirus

A Reuters article noted that The Michael G. DeGroote Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research advises on their website: "In addition to airway injury, cannabis smoke may increase the risk of airway infections such as pneumonia"

Kids are getting infected, just not showing symptoms

Dawn Bowdish (Pathology and Molecular Medicine/IIDR) spoke to 680 CJOB Winnipeg about the mystery of why young children not keeping pace with the level of infection seen in seniors.

Young people are at lower risk but still can transmit virus

Dawn Bowdish (Pathology and Molecular Medicine/IIDR) spoke to 770 CHQR Calgary about how young people, even in their 20s, 30, and 40s, who need to be hospitalized still have a disturbingly high requirement for needing really intensive care.

The impact of vaccinations for kids is reassuring

Mark Loeb (Pathology and Molecular Medicine/IIDR) spoke to the Toronto Star about research that shows the benefits of vaccinating children to protect others in the community from the flu may be true of COVID-19 as well. Local papers picked up the story.

Hitting Hamilton streets to help the homeless

Tim O’Shea (Medicine/Infectious Diseases) spoke to CBC Hamilton about reaching out to the homeless and intravenous drug users, a group that is being left behind in COVID-19 plans.

In other news:

Chronic pain centre for veterans

CHCH TV spoke to two veterans who have benefited from pain research and treatment in an interview in advance of the launch of the Chronic Pain Centre of Excellence for Canadian Veterans.

Students run errand for local healthcare workers

Mary Ellene Boulos (Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine) spoke to CBC Hamilton and the Niagara Falls Review about an initiative by McMaster students to support healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Standard picked up the story.

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