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Fear of racism deters many Indigenous people from seeking medical treatment, says health-care leader

Dr. Cornelia (Nel) Wieman, president of The Indigenous Physicians Association, says many Indigenous people are reluctant to seek medical services for fear of racist treatment, especially following the death of Joyce Echaquan in Quebec.

What do I need to know about schools and the current spike of COVID-19?

Across Canada there is a patchwork of inconsistent conclusions on whether or not schools are contributing to the exponential spread of COVID-19. Amy Greer, Canada Research Chair in Population Disease Modelling, joins The Dose host Dr. Brian Goldman to provide some clear, science-based answers.

COVID outbreaks on farms reveal crack in system that migrant workers slip through, say health-care workers

Another round of COVID-19 outbreaks among migrant workers on Canada’s farms highlights a crack in the health-care system that leaves the people who put food on our tables especially vulnerable, say the medical professionals who provide care to these visiting workers.

What do I need to know as we get closer to a COVID-19 vaccine?

From debunking misinformation about mRNA vaccine technology to how COVID-19 vaccinations would be prioritized for more than 35 million Canadians, here are some answers — as well as clarity on what we don't yet know.

'It's the hardest conversation we can have': Confronting racism in health care

The San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training program uses blunt talk to confront racial bias in Canadian health care, with the goal of making care safer and more accessible for Indigenous patients.

What's a COVID 'circuit breaker' and how can it help get control of the pandemic?

COVID-19 cases continue to rise across Canada — and so does the sense of urgency felt by health-care providers and public health officials. Some physicians are calling for a “circuit breaker” to slow the pandemic surge. Infectious diseases specialist Dr. Lynora Saxinger explains what that means.

Amid Manitoba's COVID-19 surge, First Nations response team leads fight in hard-hit Indigenous communities

Manitoba's Indigenous community is bearing the brunt of an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases.

How did COVID-19 get so bad in Manitoba and what can we learn from that?

After seeming to successfully keep COVID-19 at bay during the first wave, Manitoba has become Canada's unexpected hotspot. Jason Kindrachuk, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Manitoba, explains what's happening and the lessons we can all learn in this phase of the pandemic.

Why this year's flu shot campaign may be a dress rehearsal for a COVID-19 vaccine

White Coat, Black Art's Dr. Brian Goldman talks to three health-care providers about why the flu shot can be hard to come by this year and what that might mean for a possible rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Is it safe to go to my gym or exercise class?

There’s been a lot of talk about gyms lately. A large COVID-19 outbreak was recently tracked back to a fitness studio in Hamilton, Ont. But many gym owners argue that not all fitness facilities are the same. Infectious disease specialist Dr. Zain Chagla explains how we can reduce our risk.

How to have a safe Halloween in the midst of COVID-19

Across the country, health officials are asking people to scale back and take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while trick-or-treating. Here's how you can enjoy the holiday safely.

'We are all in this together': Alberta and Toronto's top doctors face challenges in COVID-19 fight

Dr. Deena Hinshaw and Dr. Eileen de Villa talk to Dr. Brian Goldman about the challenges they face in managing the pandemic amid rising COVID-19 case counts.

'It could happen to anyone': This mom recorded her own eulogy to advocate for better cervical cancer screening

Until the day she died, Karla Van Kessel fought for improved measures to prevent cervical cancer, and thanks to her efforts, changes to screening and how women are notified of test results could soon be a reality for some.

What does the flu vaccine have to do with COVID-19?

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, public health officials say getting a flu shot is more important than ever this year. Infectious disease specialist Dr. Danuta Skowronski explains why — and sets the record straight on some common misconceptions.

As COVID-19 cases climb in long-term care homes, experts hope to avoid locking down residents

After a summer reprieve, coronavirus has crept back into long-term care and retirement homes across the country. Experts are hoping to stop its spread through screening and infection control and avoid the devastating lockdowns imposed in the spring.

Confusing COVID-19 advice is undermining public trust; here's how to restore it

Public health officials would be wise to access the help of experts in communication and human behaviour, doctors say.

What are the safe rules for gathering with family and friends?

We’re heading into Thanksgiving weekend in the midst of a resurgence of COVID-19 in Canada. Many of us are craving a gathering with the people we love, but we’re also in a critical phase of this pandemic. Infectious diseases specialist Dr. Lynora Saxinger guides us through some tough decisions.

ER a 'last resort' for sickle cell patients who face racism when seeking care, says advocate

People who have sickle cell disease, one of the most common inherited blood disorders, face racist barriers to appropriate treatment in hospital emergency departments, patients and their physician allies say.

What have we learned about COVID-19 to keep my elderly loved one safe in long-term care this time around?

While the majority of people recently infected with COVID-19 are younger adults, the virus has already made its way back into many of Canada's long-term care and retirement homes. Dr. Samir Sinha explains how what we've learned about COVID-19 can help keep our elderly loved ones safe.

Emma Donoghue 'spooked' by overlapping narratives between her new novel and COVID-19

The Pull of the Stars tells the story of three women — a nurse, a doctor and an activist — in war-ravaged Ireland during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic. Emma Donoghue spoke with Dr. Brian Goldman, host of White Coat Black Art, about the inspiration for the novel.

More young people are getting COVID-19. How worried should I be?

As many experts feared, the number of COVID-19 cases is rising after flattening out during the summer. The biggest climb is among people under 40. Infectious disease epidemiologist Ashleigh Tuite joins host Dr. Brian Goldman to explain what's happening and why it matters.

'Running on fumes': Amid rising COVID cases, health workers struggle with fatigue, lack of support

Six months into the pandemic, a panel of health professionals talk about spikes in COVID cases, fatigue, and a public growing weary of restrictions.
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What does all this COVID math mean, and how will it affect my life this fall?

The number of new COVID-19 cases has been rising in several parts of Canada and health experts are worried. But what do these daily and weekly totals really mean? What's a "reproduction number?" Dr. David Fisman explains the math and how our actions can change the numbers.

How the pandemic sparked a new program that connects rural Ontarians to rapid-response health care

A new pilot program in rural Ontario is providing health-care services to thousands of people who don't have family doctors — and much of it is being done remotely, partly as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It's time to break the taboo around pelvic floor health in Canada, say advocates

Pelvic floor issues are a common health problem, especially after childbirth, but patients and women's health advocates say not enough is being done to educate people.