News archive - March 2020

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Q and A with the Experts: The Emergencies Act

Physical distancing is a key practice in slowing the spread of COVID-19, but some people are still not taking this recommendation from Public Health officials seriously. Is it time to force the issue?

Professor Philip Boyle, an expert in public safety and urban governance at the University of Waterloo, discusses the Emergencies Act and stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Monday, March 30, 2020

University of Waterloo uses 3D printing to help protect front-line medical workers

Two University of Waterloo facilities have shifted their production focus to 3D-printed parts for face shields used by health-care workers battling COVID-19.

3D printers in the Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing (MSAM) Laboratory and in the Print and Retail Solutions Department at the University are being used to build certified pieces of the protective equipment from a special material currently in short supply throughout the local medical community.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Q and A with the Experts: Physical Distancing

Public health officials are asking Canadians to practice physical (social) distancing as a key tool in the containment of COVID-19. Why is this and what are the implications? 

Professor Shannon Majowicz of the School of Public Health and Health Systems explains why and how this method is effective.

What happens if we don’t practice physical distancing?

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

COVID-19 Expert Commentators

The University of Waterloo has a number of faculty prepared to offer expert commentary on various aspects of COVID-19.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Researchers use open-source software to improve COVID-19 screening with AI

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have partnered with an artificial intelligence (AI) startup on a project that aims to use AI to improve COVID-19 screening.

The Waterloo research team publicly released AI software that can better detect infections from chest x-rays and is looking to enlist expertise from around the world to aid in the project.

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