Lauren Pelley


Lauren Pelley is a CBC News reporter based in Toronto. Currently covering how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting Canadians, in Toronto and beyond. Contact her at:

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Second Opinion

Canada could avoid the worst of a 4th wave — but we're not out of the woods yet

Canada will likely face a fourth wave of the pandemic as the highly contagious delta variant continues to spread ahead of borders and schools reopening, but there’s growing optimism another surge won’t bring the country back to a crisis point.

As COVID-19 cases tied to Tokyo Olympics rise, experts warn of 'worrying' situation on the ground

COVID-19 cases among Olympic delegates are on the rise and roughly 15 per cent of those staying on site are unvaccinated, prompting warnings from medical experts about potential ripple effects if the world’s largest sporting event doesn’t clamp down on virus transmission.

Yes, vaccines curb COVID-19 transmission — but that's not enough to protect those without a shot

Even as highly contagious coronavirus variants are circulating, experts say leading vaccines are not only preventing infections but likely curbing transmission as well. But that doesn't mean the vaccinated can fully protect the unvaccinated, particularly in areas with lower vaccination rates.
CBC Explains

The lambda COVID-19 variant is now spreading in Canada — here's what you need to know

Multiple variants of the virus behind COVID-19 are circulating in Canada, and lambda has now joined their ranks, with 11 cases reported across the country so far.

Why the delta variant means some Canadians now more 'at risk' from COVID-19 than ever before

Thanks to rising vaccination rates, many Canadians have never been more protected against COVID-19. Thanks to the rise of the delta variant, others have never been more at risk. So how do we all navigate this tenuous stretch ahead?

How to protect yourself from the health risks of high temperatures as 'heat dome' heads east

As extreme heat warnings remain in place over much of Western Canada and the unprecedented weather moves east, experts warn many Canadians' health could be at risk. Here are some ways to protect yourself.

Mixing Pfizer, AstraZeneca doses provides strong immune response against COVID-19: study

Mixing doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccines generate a stronger immune response than having two rounds of the AstraZeneca shot, new U.K. research suggests, though the highest antibody response was seen in people being fully vaccinated with Pfizer.

Why reports of COVID-19 infections after 2 vaccine doses aren't cause for alarm

"Breakthrough infections" among fully vaccinated individuals can make for alarming headlines. But they're rare — totaling just 0.5 per cent of reported COVID-19 cases since vaccination efforts began, the latest Canadian data shows — and they tend to be milder.

COVID-19 mRNA vaccines may be 'new trigger' for heart inflammation, CDC group says, but benefit outweighs risk

A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisory group now says reports of heart inflammation in people given an mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccine are likely linked to the vaccine, but that the benefits of vaccination still outweigh any risks.
Second Opinion

Why COVID-19 may now feel like a 'bad cold' — with headache, runny nose among most-reported symptoms

The most-reported symptoms of COVID-19 are now a headache, sore throat, and runny nose, according to the team behind a U.K. symptom tracking app, and experts believe various factors may be causing the shift to milder, cold-like reactions.