Melissa Couto

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How to tell family their Christmas gathering is too risky and you're not going

The pressure to attend family events isn't new. But during a global pandemic — with COVID-19 cases rising and public health officials urging against indoor gatherings — there's a lot more risk attached to our normal traditions this year.

Blue Jays could share MLB ballpark with another team for 60-game season

Toronto Blue Jays reliever Anthony Bass doesn't want to settle on using a minor-league field for a home ballpark this season. And the team's front office seems to agree.

Fight over face masks much like condom debate, sexologist and Waterloo grad says

Sexologist Jill McDevitt says the debate over face masks is similar to the push to convince people to use a condom.

Blue Jays hope to start team workouts at Rogers Centre on Monday

The Toronto Blue Jays will have plenty of young talent with them when they open summer training camp at Rogers Centre next week.

SickKids guidance for return to school only a starting point, critics say

A document from a Toronto hospital that provides guidance for reopening Ontario schools in September garnerned criticism from some epidemiologists, while other experts say it offers a useful starting point.

SickKids doctors expect safe return to school for Ontario students in the fall

Medical experts from Toronto's SickKids Hospital say children in Ontario should be able to return to school in September, even though the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 likely won't be eradicated by then.

Canadian in Korean baseball league bracing for season without family, fans

The Korean baseball league opens its delayed season Tuesday in empty stadiums across South Korea and Canada's Jamie Romak, along with the rest of the league's players, are getting used to a new baseball normal that includes rules against high fives and spitting, daily temperature checks and the absence of fans.

Pet fur as vehicle for COVID spread? Vets say distancing applies to animals too

Likelihood low, but pet fur could be a source of coronavirus contamination around your home, experts suggest.

Disinfecting in the pandemic? Don't forget your dirty cellphone, experts say

Protective measures against COVID-19 have been preached daily since the onset of the pandemic — wash your hands, keep your distance, stop touching your face.

Canada's Pospisil faces new challenges of home workouts, cooking during ATP suspension

The ATP Tour suspended its season for at least six weeks, but Vasek Pospisil suspects it could be even longer before he plays another competitive match. And that uncertainty is making the situation harder.