Dan Taekema

Dan Taekema is a reporter/editor with CBC Hamilton. Email: daniel.taekema@cbc.ca

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Here's what needs to happen before we can all get vaccinated for COVID-19

COVID-19 has upended our lives, and we’ve all heard that there will be no return to "full normal" until there is a vaccine for the virus. But how close are we to a vaccine? What steps need to be taken? And how long will that take? Here’s a closer look.

Scientists show how much less snow we're getting due to climate change

You may have noticed that we’re getting less snow in winter as the climate warms. But how much? A new study provides the best estimate yet of much snow North America has been losing, and shows Eurasia’s snowfall has held steady.
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Scientists aim to 'see' invisible transmission of coronavirus

Some researchers aim to learn more about how the coronavirus is transmitted by trying to make invisible sneezes, coughs and breaths more visible. Here's a closer look at that research and what it might reveal.

How COVID-19 symptoms develop, and how long they last

If you get COVID-19, when does it get bad? How long do people spend in ICU and why is that such a challenge? Here’s a closer look at the progression of COVID-19, based on studies from around the world and interviews with doctors on the front lines.

Is spraying disinfectant in public spaces a good way to fight COVID-19?

Disinfectant sprays are being used around the world to hose down plazas, church steps, airports, vehicles and even the occasional person. It's part of the effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. But how effective is it? And is it something we should be doing here?

Why COVID-19 testing varies so much across Canada

If you just came back from an overseas trip with a fever and a cough, you'll be prioritized for a COVID-19 test in Manitoba and Nova Scotia, but not Alberta or Quebec. And some provinces are expanding who can get tests, as others narrow them. Why? And what does it mean for the accuracy of Canada's case numbers?

The riskiest surfaces for coronavirus and how to clean them

Worried about catching the novel coronavirus by touching the wrong thing? Here’s what we know about which surfaces are worst, which ones are safer, and how to clean them.

Masks and COVID-19: When, how and why you'd wear them

A closer look at what public health officials and the research say about who should wear a mask, how to wear one properly and what kind of protection it offers.

Hospitals scramble to secure more ventilators amid coronavirus outbreak

Canada’s hospitals and health officials are looking at ways to boost the number of available ventilators to prepare for a deluge of very sick COVID-19 patients amid projections that they could run out of such life-saving equipment within weeks.

Truths and myths: What can and can't protect you against COVID-19

There is a lot of advice floating around about what can and can't protect you from getting COVID-19. But what's true and what's not? Here are some things that experts say don't work — and some that do.

Got questions about physical distancing? Here's what you need to know

We’ve all heard a lot about physical distancing(formerly called social distancing) to slow the spread of COVID-19, and most of us get the gist of what that means. But it’s still confusing to figure out which activities are OK and which ones aren’t. Here’s what you need to know.

Smallest dinosaur ever found was hummingbird-sized

A bird-like dinosaur with a beak full of teeth and claws on its wings is the tiniest extinct dinosaur ever found.

Compostable plastics often go to landfill. Here's one venue that gets them composted

Certified compostable plastic cups, cutlery and other packaging are not, in fact, composted by most residential organics programs in Canada. Here’s how some businesses and commercial composters are making sure those products stay out of the landfill and go back to the soil.

Plant-based? Compostable? What you need to know about bioplastics

Plastics made from fossil fuels generate a lot of greenhouse gas emissions and waste. 'Bioplastics,' especially compostable plastics made from plants, have been touted as a greener alternative. But what are they really? And are they really more environmentally friendly? Here’s a closer look.

Fossil identified as 'great-grandfather' of wolverines

A tiny skull once thought to belong to an ancient miniature cat is actually the earliest relative of wolverines, minks and other weasels ever found in North America, researchers say.