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Goal is to reduce risk of transmitting COVID-19 rather than cut off all social contact, says U of A infectious disease expert who provides tips on what to do and what to avoid.

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March
2020

UPDATED March 28, 2020—Social distancing is the rule of the day. Health experts stress it’s the only way to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19 and avoid making a bad situation worse.

Public health authorities, including Aberta’s chief medical officer, are advising people to practise social distancing. 

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, social distancing is intended to minimize close contact with others in the community, and can include quarantine and self-isolation as well as other community-based approaches, such as avoiding crowding by keeping one to two metres apart from others, closing schools and workplaces, and cancelling public events and mass gatherings.

So what does social distancing look like practically? Can you still invite friends over for dinner?

 

Lynora Saxinger, an infectious disease expert a...

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March
2020
| 13:00 America/Tegucigalpa

How to know if isolation is affecting your mental health, and what to do about it

Public health measures to limit COVID-19 spread are necessary but can take a toll on our mental wellness, say experts who recommend simple ways to curb anxiety.

Public health measures aimed at minimizing the risk of transmitting COVID-19 are necessary but they come with a price, according to University of Alberta mental health experts.  “Our first
26
March
2020
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Hoarding ‘cycle of hysteria’ putting unnecessary strain on supply chain

Unpredictable consumer behaviour makes it harder to manage inventories in a system meant to provide just enough just in time, says food economist.

Empty shelves of basics like toilet paper, pasta, canned goods and meats are making grocery shopping a frustrating experience these days, but cart-stuffing shoppers have only themselves to blame,
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March
2020
| 15:15 America/Tegucigalpa

How to help your kids—and yourself—handle being at home

Staying physically and mentally active will help kids keep learning—and help everyone in the family get along, say experts.

Now that Alberta’s schools have closed to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, thousands of parents are wondering how to keep their kids busy, adjust to everyone being at home and handle school
24
March
2020
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Six ways to stay productive when working from home

Juggling work, kids and COVID-19 worries at home isn’t easy, but there are some simple things you can do to make the adjustment easier.

Working from home sounds good, in theory: sleeping in, wearing sweats, no rush-hour traffic. But the reality is much different when the decision isn’t yours to make, as thousands of Canadians are
23
March
2020
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COMMENTARY || In the middle of an emergency response, pause and reflect

Taking time to think about our values, priorities and goals is an essential step in the emergency response process, says U of A dean of students.

Emergency response starts with values, priorities and goals. Our values, on which we try to reflect when we’re not in the middle of an emergency response, emphasize the importance of life and of the
20
March
2020
| 21:40 America/Tegucigalpa

COMMENTARY || Now more than ever, we must fight misinformation. Trust in science is essential

Public health measures against COVID-19 depend on trust in medical science that is being eroded by an "infodemic," argues Timothy Caulfield.

What is driving the novel coronavirus infodemic? Fear, uncertainty and opportunistic marketing are all playing a role. But it is also a legacy of our growing distrust of science, experts and
20
March
2020
| 15:00 America/Tegucigalpa

U of A medical students offering emergency child care to physicians and front-line health workers

More than 150 doctors and health-care workers have signed up for service offered by third- and fourth-year students temporarily pulled from clinical rotations.

Medical students at the University of Alberta are banding together to keep front-line health-care workers on the job during the COVID-19 pandemic.  More than 100 students are providing volunteer
19
March
2020
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Former Queen’s dean of law to become 14th president of the University of Alberta

Bill Flanagan will start his new duties July 1, 2020, taking over from outgoing president David H. Turpin.

An Edmonton-born former dean of law will become the University of Alberta’s 14th president. Bill Flanagan will begin his new duties on July 1, 2020, taking over from outgoing president David H.
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March
2020
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U of A moves to online delivery of classes starting Tuesday

While classes will not be held in-person for remainder of winter term, all campuses will remain open with all services available.

Classes at the University of Alberta will resume through online delivery on Tuesday, March 17, and winter term will end as originally scheduled, on April 8, the university announced today. “Making
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March
2020
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COMMENTARY || Misinformation, alternative medicine and the coronavirus

Alternative medicine practitioners are leveraging fear of COVID-19 to sell unproven products and procedures, says U of A health policy expert Timothy Caulfield.

Nothing highlights the absurdity and potential harm of alternative medicine like a global public health crisis. There has been an incredible amount of misinformation about the coronavirus. Indeed,
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March
2020
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Drop-in centre offers help and hope to LGBTQ street kids

Newly expanded centre provides a safe space and free support services for some of Edmonton’s most vulnerable youth.

Corey Wyness has a singular mission in life—offering hope to vulnerable LGBTQ2+ street kids and young adults who “just keep falling through every crack until they hit rock bottom.” As a project