Health

Combating Covid-19: PM for engaging local reps

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today asked the authorities concerned to engage local representatives more in containing the novel coronavirus in the country. "The prime minister issued the instruction while addressing a meeting of the National Technical Advisory Committee formed to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the country," PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim told BSS…

Our lockdown is only a glimpse into the difficult lives of the war-torn and displaced

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This column is an opinion by Marwa Awad, a Canadian humanitarian aid worker who has worked with World Food Programme in Iraq, Syria, Jordan and most recently Italy. Previously, she was a journalist working with Reuters, The Guardian and Al Arabiya. For more information about CBC's Opinion section, please see the FAQ. You may feel that over the…

Testing for COVID-19 in sewage could serve as 'advance warning,' help prepare for 2nd wave

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The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has been found in the feces of infected people. In one way, at least, it's a good thing — it means testing sewage could potentially be a simple way to detect and track outbreaks, say researchers developing techniques to do just that.  "And so as opposed to testing every single person,…

Why doctors say it's crucial to focus on COVID-19 spread in working-class neighbourhoods

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Toronto doctors say they're optimistic politicians are beginning to turn their attention to the spread of COVID-19 in working-class neighbourhoods full of essential workers, and that Ontario's new testing strategy could help tackle one of the virus' last bastions in Canada. Naheed Dosani, a Toronto physician who works with vulnerable communities, says he was elated when the city…

U.S. cities fear protests may fuel new wave of outbreaks

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The massive protests sweeping across U.S. cities following the police killing of a black man in Minnesota have sent shudders through the health community and elevated fears that the huge crowds will lead to a new surge in cases of the coronavirus. Some leaders appealing for calm in places where crowds smashed storefronts and destroyed…