Remote island nation in Pacific under lockdown for first time

Remote island nation in Pacific under lockdown for first time

Parts of a remote Pacific island nation are under COVID-19 lockdown for the first time during the pandemic. The Kiribati government announced on Facebook on Friday new coronavirus restrictions and a 24-hour lockdown that would be put in place amid fears of the spread of the coronavirus after dozens of passengers on an international flight … Read more

Omicron COVID-19 spread hits Australian small businesses, creating ‘shadow lockdown’ and loose business terms

Omicron COVID-19 spread hits Australian small businesses, creating ‘shadow lockdown’ and loose business terms

Timing is key for Adam Ellston’s small concreting business. Key points: Businesses across Australia hit by Omicron wave say they are experiencing shadow lockdown The federal government tried to ease the pressure by redefining the rules for close contact But some public health experts say Australia needs policies to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 … Read more

Calgary students promote mental health during COVID-19 pandemic – Calgary

Calgary students promote mental health during COVID-19 pandemic – Calgary

A few university students in Calgary have launched a new effort to boost morale during the COVID-19 pandemic. They hope positive stories about the little things will help make a big difference. Students Maz Dowlatabadibazaz and Tania Rizwan do so as part of their small charity group YYC Aid. Read more: Mental health struggles intensify … Read more

Ottawa has had four waves of COVID-19 to prepare for Omicron. What happened?

Ottawa has had four waves of COVID-19 to prepare for Omicron.  What happened?

OTTAWA—Things were finally looking up. Last fall, as the number of new COVID-19 cases declined and vaccination coverage increased, people began to travel again and expand their social circles. Even Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland felt optimistic, introducing a scaled-down package of pandemic relief measures to parliament to reflect the country’s brighter outlook. “I see … Read more

Western Australia’s COVID-19 testing rates ‘not high enough’, says Mark McGowan amid two mysterious new cases in the state

Western Australia’s COVID-19 testing rates ‘not high enough’, says Mark McGowan amid two mysterious new cases in the state

Premier Mark McGowan has made an impassioned appeal to residents with “not high enough” testing rates as two mystery cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Western Australia. Western Australian residents who are feeling unwell and showing symptoms of COVID-19 are being urged to come forward and get tested after two mysterious new cases were … Read more

COVID-19 sewage values ​​drop in some Alberta cities

COVID-19 sewage values ​​drop in some Alberta cities

Wastewater sampling in Alberta municipalities appears to indicate the beginning of the end of the Omicron-fueled wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. “What we saw across Alberta in samples last collected on Wednesday this week is that SARS-CoV-2 RNA values ​​in wastewater are definitely down from the peak. from what we had seen with this fifth … Read more

RSV vs COVID: Here’s how you can tell the difference

RSV vs COVID: Here’s how you can tell the difference

(NEXSTAR) – Recently, it has become the most prevalent virus among children in the Denver area. He has helped increase pediatric hospitalization rates in San Diego. And no, it’s not COVID-19. This is RSV. RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, causes mild cold-like symptoms. While most people recover in a week or two, RSV can be … Read more

Canberra is set for a ‘very quiet’ COVID-19 lockdown weekend as ACT authorities rush to get people tested

Canberra is set for a ‘very quiet’ COVID-19 lockdown weekend as ACT authorities rush to get people tested

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr told Canberrans this weekend would be “very quiet”, as the territory grapples with an evolving COVID-19 situation. Hundreds of Canberrans turned out for mass testing clinics on Friday, prompting ACT Health to stop people showing up after 4 p.m. Many in the queues reported wait times of up to 12 … Read more

Alberta doctors say province needs to do more than increase capacity

Alberta doctors say province needs to do more than increase capacity

A day after Alberta Health announced it would open additional beds in the Pandemic Response Unit to help ease the strain on the healthcare system, some ER doctors say it’s not enough . On Thursday, the province announced it would turn hundreds of beds into hospital care spaces as hospitalizations spike in Alberta. With thousands … Read more

Two years into the pandemic, the effects of COVID-19 on youth mental health are a growing concern

Two years into the pandemic, the effects of COVID-19 on youth mental health are a growing concern

While children have largely been spared the most severe physical consequences of COVID-19, the toll the pandemic is taking on the mental health of young people is a different story. Children and teens in British Columbia accounted for less than one in five COVID-19 cases and less than two percent of hospital admissions. But a … Read more