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News archive - May 2020

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Analyzing data from social media can identify potential disease outbreaks

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A new method to analyze social media data could help predict future outbreaks of diseases and viruses like COVID-19 and the measles.

In a new study, researchers from the University of Waterloo examined computer simulations to develop a new method of analyzing interactions on social media that can predict when a disease outbreak is likely.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Considering local conditions is the safest and fastest way to reopen Canada’s economy

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A new study has found that allowing cities and counties to open and close independently based on standardized guidelines is the quickest and safest way of restoring the Canadian economy. 

The study found that opening workplaces and schools on a county-by-county basis when the county falls below 4.5 active COVID-19 cases per 100,000 would result in 38 per cent fewer person-days of closure.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Continuing social distancing in Ontario and Quebec could save tens of thousands of lives

Canadian provinces such as Ontario and Quebec should wait several more months before lifting social distancing restrictions, according to the findings of a new mathematical model developed by University of Waterloo researchers.