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As Canadians hope for coronavirus vaccine, many aren't getting immunized against other diseases

As scientists race to develop a vaccine to combat the coronavirus epidemic, many Canadian adults aren't getting taking advantage of vaccinations that are already available to protect them against other serious illnesses, public health experts say.
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Q&A: Your mask questions answered

Close to half of Canadians said they rarely or never wear a face mask in public. An infectious disease expert tackles the misinformation behind masks and answers your most pressing questions about their use.
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How safe are my favourite summer activities?

We're all anxious to enjoy the warmer weather, and along with that usually comes drinks on the patio and dips in the pool. But what are the risks during a pandemic? Dr. Lynora Saxinger, an infectious diseases specialist and associate professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Alberta joins Dr. Brian Goldman to weigh in on the safety of our favourite summer activities.
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What's the best advice for losing my COVID-19 pounds?

Digging into the emotional roots of comfort eating is key to shedding pounds gained during the COVID-19 crisis, a dietitian and author says.
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Can contact-tracing apps really help us beat COVID-19?

Contact-tracing apps can be helpful, but they're not a silver bullet, says Dr. Prabhat Jha, director of the Centre for Global Health Research at St. Michael’s Hospital.
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I want life to get back to normal. How close are we to an effective vaccine against COVID-19?

At this unprecedented time, researchers around the world are working toward the common goal of developing a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19. Vaccine expert Dr. Natasha Crowcroft joins The Dose host Dr. Brian Goldman to explain how it's happening and what we need to do in the meantime.
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Potential COVID-19 vaccine has re-energized anti-vaccination groups, health experts warn

Anti-vaccination groups have already launched co-ordinated campaigns to foster fear among people who have questions about the safety of potential coronavirus vaccines, and public health officials need to start combating misinformation now, scientists say.
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Dear diary: I'm having a baby at the height of a global pandemic

CBC reporter Marika Wheeler reveals what it's like to have a baby in a hospital at the height of a global pandemic. She shares her concerns about staying safe, and worries that her husband might not be able to be present at the delivery due to hospital restrictions.

New visitors and new additions: The season finale

Dr. Nathan Stall shares his concerns about the impact of no-visitor policies for long-term care homes and what he thinks of the new rules being adopted. CBC reporter Marika Wheeler reveals what it's like to have one of the most joyful events in your life happen during one of the most stressful times in history.
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Masks, social bubbles, lessons learned: How do I stay safe from COVID-19 now?

A lot of things have changed since our lives went into lockdown almost four months ago. Infectious disease specialist Dr. Allison McGeer returns this week with the latest reality check on everything from going to the hair salon to social bubbles as we try to navigate the new COVID-19 normal.
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Unlocking Bryson's dad: CBC podcast host says son taught him a lot about fatherhood

Keith McArthur set out to find a cure for his son’s rare genetic disorder, but the people he met on his search made him question that goal.   
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Is it safe to have sex or be intimate with someone new during COVID-19?

COVID-19 restrictions have made it tough for single folks to safely start intimate relationships. Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, an expert with New York City's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, joins host Dr. Brian Goldman to share the latest guidelines on dating during the pandemic.

As COVID-19 restrictions are loosened, Canada must do more to protect vulnerable groups, doctors say

A successful reopening of the economy following COVID-19 shutdowns must include confronting the inequality and systemic racism that puts people at risk, says one of Canada’s leading medical experts on vulnerable populations.
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How does systemic racism predispose people to COVID-19?

This month, as we've faced a global pandemic, we've also seen an historic movement rise up to protest anti-Black racism. That movement and COVID-19 are coalescing for a number of reasons. Dr. Onye Nnorom is the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Lead in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at  University of Toronto. She joins Dr. Goldman to answer the question: How does systemic racism predispose people to COVID-19?
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How safe are my favourite summer activities?

We're all anxious to enjoy the warmer weather, and along with that usually comes drinks on the patio and dips in the pool. But what are the risks during a pandemic? Dr. Lynora Saxinger, an infectious diseases specialist and associate professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Alberta joins Dr. Brian Goldman to weigh in on the safety of our favourite summer activities.

People with disabilities left out of the conversation about coping with COVID, advocates say

Although the virus poses higher-than-average risk to people living with disabilities, they say they’ve largely been left out of the conversation on how to cope during the pandemic, and critically, from ongoing financial support as well.
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Opioid crisis not going away amid pandemic, and will 'kill more Canadians,' says Dr. Daniel Kalla

Dr. Daniel Kalla talks about working in the ER for more than 20 years, how it has shaped his novels and the pandemic’s impact on the opioid crisis.
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I want life to get back to normal. How close are we to an effective vaccine against COVID-19?

At this unprecedented time, researchers around the world are working toward the common goal of developing a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19. Vaccine expert Dr. Natasha Crowcroft joins The Dose host Dr. Brian Goldman to explain how it's happening and what we need to do in the meantime.

How virtual therapy is helping people cope with the pandemic's mental health strains

Vancouver psychologist Christine Korol and author Anna Mehler Paperny explain why virtual therapy is helping many people struggling with their mental health.
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Show empathy for employees struggling with mental health issues, author says 

The author of Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me: Depression in the First Person talks about how she's coping during the pandemic and offers some suggestions for how others who are feeling socially isolated or depressed can cope.  
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How do I keep myself and my loved ones safe as restrictions around self-isolation are lifted?  

As physical distancing, handwashing and staying home have helped to reduce the spread of COVID-19, public health officials are starting to cautiously relax some self-isolation measures. Infectious disease expert Dr. Allison McGeer returns to The Dose with the latest facts about the risks.
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Thousands of volunteers come forward to offer mental health support during COVID-19

As Canadians continue to grapple with an unprecedented level of stress as the COVID-19 pandemic wears on, empathy can be an effective coping strategy in maintaining mental wellness, experts say.   

Keep calm and carry on? Promote resilience for better outcomes amid COVID-19 crisis, says CAMH psychiatrist

Dr. Kwame McKenzie talks about how we can look to the past for examples of how to build mental health resilience and what to avoid.
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I'm struggling with my mental health because of the ongoing pandemic. What can I do to cope?

As the many stressors inflicted by COVID-19 continue, people may feel their ability to manage emotionally is reaching its limit. Dr. Brian Goldman gets a dose of coping advice from Alisa Simon of Kids Help Phone, which has launched a new service dedicated to supporting adults in addition to youth.
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Dr. Jane Philpott questions role of for-profit long-term care

Dr. Jane Philpott, the former federal health minister, talks to Dr. Brian Goldman about her work at a long-term care facility, caring for patients with COVID-19 and working alongside personal support workers who she says were facing concerning working conditions even before the current crisis.

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