Amina Zafar


Amina Zafar covers medical sciences and health topics, including COVID-19 and other infectious diseases, for CBC News. She holds an undergraduate degree in environmental science and a master's in journalism.

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The Dose

3 ways to boost your memory, according to brain experts

Worries about dementia often rank high in polls of Canadians' health concerns, but a neurologist says there are ways to keep our cherished memories strong.

Burned-out doctors feel 'emotional sucker punch' as more patients present with incurable cancers

Some palliative care doctors and nurses say they're burned out because more patients face incurable cancers. To cope, they're supporting each other through COVID-19's latest wave in Canada. 
The Dose

Why tapping into your 5 senses with a walk in the woods can counter climate anxiety

Deadly floods, wildfires and heat-related events that hit Canada may make some people anxious enough to see a doctor. It's known as eco-anxiety — and here are some practical ways to cope.

COVID-19 shots for school? What needs to happen to get kids in Canada immunized

Parents and children wanting to know when COVID-19 vaccines could roll out to Canada's youngest recently got a glimpse at the answers.

AstraZeneca-Oxford's COVID-19 vaccine safety questions answered

The recommendation to pause AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccinations among Canadians under age 55 has prompted questions. It follows concerns the vaccine might be linked to a rare blood clotting condition. Here are some answers on the ongoing investigations.

COVID-19 exposes need for more collaborative, community-based health care

When CBC News canvassed some doctors and scientists across Canada on what's fundamentally changed in health care during the pandemic, what stood out was the need for more collaborative care.

Asking 'Where do you think you got COVID?' helps contact tracers zero in on superspreader events

The painstaking detective work of contact tracing usually starts with an infected person and works forward, asking who has that person seen since they became contagious. But to spot COVID-19 superspreader events quickly, looking backward is key.

Benefits and risks of delaying 2nd doses of COVID-19 vaccine

Federal and provincial health officials are moving to extending the time between two-dose COVID-19 vaccines to four months. 

Why are the variants more transmissible? Your COVID-19 questions answered

Canadian scientists answer why and how the coronavirus variants are thought to spread more easily and quickly between people.

Why it might be best to avoid painkillers as a precaution before your COVID-19 vaccine

Billions of people worldwide will receive vaccines to protect against COVID-19 and some will temporarily feel a sore arm, fever or muscle aches. But reaching for some common painkillers could blunt the effect of the vaccine, experts say.