In Isolating Times, Can Robo-Pets Provide Comfort?

As seniors find themselves cut off from loved ones during the pandemic, some are turning to automated animals for company. By Paula Span When Linda Spangler asked her mother, in a video chat, what she would like as gift for her 92nd birthday, the response came promptly. “I’d like a dog,” Charlene Spangler said. “Is Wolfgang dead?” Wolfgang, a family […]

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UK volunteers could be given virus to test vaccine

The UK could be the first country in the world to carry out Covid “challenge trials” – where healthy volunteers are deliberately infected with coronavirus to test possible vaccines. It is understood the studies – first reported by the Financial Times – would be conducted in London. The UK government said it was holding discussions about developing a vaccine through […]

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Prince Edward Island reports 1 new travel-related case of COVID-19

CHARLOTTETOWN – Prince Edward Island is reporting one new case of COVID-19. Health officials said Wednesday the new case involves a woman in her 20s who arrived to the Island on Sept. 20 from outside the country. The province says the woman came to P.E.I. for work unrelated to the health-care sector and has been isolating since her arrival. [ […]

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Coronavirus: Education minister says Ontario to review COVID-19 symptoms list for schools

TORONTO – Ontario’s education minister says he is considering shortening the list of COVID-19 symptoms that require kids to stay home from school. Stephen Lecce says he is working with the province’s medical officials to consider possible changes to the list. British Columbia shortened its list earlier this week by removing 10 symptoms, prompting Ontario to review the data behind […]

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European airlines look at fast-acting coronavirus tests to restore faith in air travel

European airlines are pinning hopes on pre-flight COVID-19 tests that deliver results as fast as pregnancy tests to help restore passengers’ confidence in taking to the skies in confined spaces with shared air. Germany’s Lufthansa, at the mercy of government bailouts for survival, is in talks with Swiss drugmaker Roche over deploying so-called antigen tests, according to two people familiar […]

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Possibilities for former PM John Turner’s state funeral limited by coronavirus

Planning for a state funeral for former prime minister John Turner is proceeding in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, as his family and the government determine how to honour his public life while public events are restricted. Turner died last Friday at 91. Typically, a former prime minister would be honoured with a public observance of the highest dignity […]

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F.D.A. to Release Stricter Guidelines for Emergency Vaccine Authorization

The new guidelines underscore the fact that a vaccine is highly unlikely before the election. By Noah Weiland and Sharon LaFraniere The Food and Drug Administration plans to soon issue stricter guidelines for the emergency authorization of any new coronavirus vaccine, adding a new layer of caution to the vetting process even as President Trump continues to contradict his own […]

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Quebec’s coronavirus cases surge as province reports 586 new infections

Quebec reported 586 new cases of the novel coronavirus Monday, bringing the province’s total to 68,128. The jump comes as the province has moved to tighten controls in the Montreal, Quebec City and Chaudière-Appalaches regions to limit the spread of COVID-19. [ Sign up for our Health IQ newsletter for the latest coronavirus updates ] Three additional deaths were recorded […]

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So long swabs: B.C. unveils new mouth-rinse COVID-19 test for kids

British Columbia has rolled out a new “made in B.C.” COVID-19 test for kids that will no longer require an uncomfortable nasal swab. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced the test at her Thursday briefing, adding the plan is to eventually make the new test available for everyone. The new “mouth rinse/gargle” test is available for people aged four […]

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