COVID-19 pandemic threatens to set back battle against AIDS by 10 years, UN warns

The global fight against AIDS was faltering even before the COVID-19 pandemic, and the coronavirus now threatens to put progress against HIV back by 10 years or more, the United... Read more »

Study shows first evidence that a drug can improve survival from COVID-19

Researchers in England say they have the first evidence that a drug can improve COVID-19 survival: A steroid called dexamethasone reduced deaths by up to one-third in severely ill... Read more »

What some Western countries could learn about fighting pandemics in the community

Countries that successfully kept COVID-19 infections and deaths down not only acted early but in a more community-centred way, says a public-health physician who aims to improve preparedness for... Read more »

Pandemic worsens Canada’s deadly opioid overdose epidemic

An epidemic of fatal drug overdoses across Canada is on the rise amid COVID-19 pandemic restrictions that harm-reduction workers and doctors say exacerbates the toxic supply. Overdose prevention sites... Read more »

Hydroxychloroquine fails to prevent COVID-19 in those at high risk, trial shows

The drug hydroxychloroquine, which has been the subject of heated debate as a potential treatment for COVID-19, was not effective in preventing the disease in Canadians and Americans at... Read more »

Does COVID-19 cause long-term damage to your body? Your COVID-19 questions answered

We’re breaking down what you need to know about the pandemic by answering your questions. You can send us your questions via email at and we’ll answer as... Read more »

‘A race against the disease’: Canadian researchers part of global effort to develop COVID-19 vaccine

In the quiet of the University of Saskatchewan’s shuttered campus, there is one constant beacon of light and hope. Dr. Volker Gerdts and his team of researchers are working... Read more »

Is spraying disinfectant in public spaces a good way to fight COVID-19?

Workers wearing protective suits, rubber boots and tanks of disinfectant strapped to their backs have been photographed all over the world hosing down plazas, roads, church steps, airports, vehicles,... Read more »

How will the global coronavirus pandemic end?

This is an excerpt from Second Opinion, a weekly roundup of eclectic and under-the-radar health and medical science news emailed to subscribers every Saturday morning. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can do... Read more »

Long waits for COVID-19 test results reveal Canada’s shortage of lab workers

Long waits for COVID-19 test results are due in part to a shortage of medical laboratory professionals in Canada, according to lab workers’ associations and job vacancy data. Laboratory... Read more »