Related to COVID-19

To help your hospitals, follow the rules

  • The Hamilton Spectator published a commentary by Paul O’Byrne (Dean and Vice-President, Health Sciences), and Tom Stewart (St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton) and Rob MacIssac (Hamilton Health Sciences), regarding the importance of everyone contributing to the pandemic response by following public health direction.

Long-term care and end-of-life conversations

  • Henry Siu (Family Medicine) spoke to the Hamilton Spectator about conversations family members should have with vulnerable loved ones who are in long-term care.

Guide to caring for critically ill COVID-19 patients created

  • The Hamilton Spectator and CBC Hamilton interviewed Waleed Alhazzani (Medicine/Critical Care) a member of an international panel of experts to develop guidelines for health-care workers treating patients with COVID-19. Local community papers picked up The Spectator article.

New moms isolated by COVID-19

  • The Conversation Canada published an article by Ryan Van Lieshout (Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences) on managing postpartum depression during the COVID-19 pandemic.

'Magical' time is tainted by COVID-19

  • Dustin Costescu (Obstetrics and Gynecology) spoke to The Canadian Press about how rapidly changing information is making it very hard to tell what the birth experience will look like. The article was picked up by MSN and other media.

COVID-19 survivors' blood could help others beat the disease

  • Donald Arnold (Medicine/Hematology) spoke to Global News about a clinical trial he is leading to see whether survivors’ plasma may help other COVID-19 patients beat the disease.

Hamilton rising to the homeless health challenge 

  • The Hamilton Spectator published an opinion article by Dale Guenter (Family Medicine) and colleague Kerry Beal about how through collaboration, local organizations are moving mountains to win the battle. The piece was also picked up by community newspapers.

The dangerous legacy of COVID-19

  • The Globe and Mail published an opinion piece by Gerry Wright (IIDR/David Braley Centre for Antibiotic Discovery) and a colleague, warning of the widespread inadvertent use of antimicrobial drugs during this pandemic leaving us with another, more dangerous legacy: a dramatic increase in drug-resistant infections.

Family doc steps back into practice

  • Allyn Walsh (Family Medicine), who had retired, spoke to CHCH TV about renewing her medical licence to help out during COVID-19.

Physicians finding new ways to connect with patients

  • Denise Marshall (Family Medicine/Palliative Care) spoke to CBC News about physicians relying on more virtual visits and video calls as they work to reduce physical contact.

The fight for a vaccine

  • In a Toronto Star podcast Karen Mossman (Pathology and Molecular Medicine/MIRC) talked about what it took to isolate the COVID-19 virus, what creating a vaccine entails and what is giving her hope.

COVID-19 in prisons

  • Claire Bodkin (Family Medicine) spoke to CBC’s The Current about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic in correctional institutions.

How long will coronavirus measures last

  • Dawn Bowdish (Pathology and Molecular Medicine/IIDR) spoke to Global News about being prepared for at least three more months of staying at home and limiting public gatherings.

The WHO has let us down

  • The National Post published a commentary by Ahmed Shah (medical resident/Pathology and Molecular Medicine) who says that action was delayed while the World Health Organization was arguing over semantics of the definition of a pandemic.

Origin of COVID-19 remains unclear

  • Arinjay Banerjee (Pathology and Molecualr Medicine/IIDR) spoke to Vision Times about the origin of the current outbreak.

Planning for the potential onslaught of patients

  • Alison Fox-Robichaud (Medicine/Critical Care) spoke to Postmedia about the health system working furiously to build up crucial supplies. 

No metro area will be spared 

Dawn Bowdish (Pathology and Molecular Medicine/IIDR) was quoted in a piece at Bakersfield Now Eyewitness News about how cities that are not aggressively and proactively testing and tracking infections can expect to have a serious outbreak in the coming months. The piece was picked up by other U.S. media.

Wait times hit health care outside of COVID-19

  • Dustin Costescu (Obstetrics and Gynecology) spoke to Global News about how highest risk patients are being seen and low-risk patient are being deferred. MSN also ran the piece.

Canada has to prepare for medical workers to die

  • The Globe and Mail published an opinion piece by Blair Bigham (Emergency Medicine resident) who suggested it’s time for health-care organizations to start preparing for a new term – line-of-duty-death for health care workers.

Front-line health-care workers lean on each other

  • Karim Ali (Medicine) spoke to Niagara Falls This Week about the COVID-19 situation bringing out the best in us all.

Ontario creates last resort guidelines for use of respirators

  • Bram Rochwerg and Alison Fox-Robichaud (Medicine/Critical Care) spoke to the Toronto Star about how triage is critical if hospitals get overwhelmed.

People under 40 and hospitalizations

  • Matthew Miller (Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences/IIDR) spoke to the Globe and Mail about how tracking the number of hospitalizations is imperative to understanding the severity of the disease.

What is the best medicine For COVID-19?

  • Dawn Bowdish (Pathology and Molecular Medicine/IIDR) was quoted in an article in Medium about the lack of strong evidence for drugs to treat the virus.

Canada to be hit by tidal wave of Covid-19 cases

  • Blair Bigham (emergency medicine resident) spoke to Global news radio and other radio stations suggesting that what is happening in Italy will happen in Canada.

McMaster nursing students eager to help fight COVID-19

  • Sandra Carroll (Nursing) spoke to the Hamilton Spectator about preparing nursing students to enter the workforce as health professionals. Katelyn Leroux and Laura Freeman, fourth-year McMaster nursing students, want to expedite the graduation process. Freeman did several radio interviews including Jump radio and Global news.

Would everyone wearing face masks slow the pandemic?

  • Mark Loeb (Pathology and Molecular Medicine) spoke to Science about whether it is sound public health policy for people to be purchasing medical masks to wear on the street.

True number of COVID cases may never be known

  • Jonathan Dushoff (Biology/IIDR) and Doug Sider (Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact) spoke to The Hamilton Spectator about how no one can say with any certainty the number of cases in Hamilton because of how cases are tracked. Dushoff also spoke to CHML radio.

Hamilton effort to collect donations of personal protective equipment

  • Kyle Saikaley (emergency medicine resident) spoke to CBC about other cities reaching out that interested in copying the model used here.

McMaster physiotherapy grad a rising star

  • BCBusiness wrote about Laura Patrick (grad, Rehabilitation Science), Founder and CEO of Kids Physio Group who received a 2020 Woman of the Year award.

From biologics to biosimilars

  • Neeraj Narula (Medicine/Gastroenterology) spoke to the The Toronto Star about the explosion in the field with recent advances in genetic technology.

The best medical schools in Canada

  • University Affairs noted that the Michael G. DeGoote School of Medicine ranks 4th in the QS World university rankings this year.
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