Friday, April 17, 2020

New COVID-19 screening tool can identify older adults at risk

Elderly man with mask looking out of window

A new screening tool to identify older adults at risk of COVID-19 has been developed by a team led by the University of Waterloo.

The COVID-19 Vulnerability Screener can be used by lay persons to identify older adults, both in the home and in retirement homes, who are at a high risk of adverse health outcomes due to COVID-19.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Q and A with the experts: Long-term care and COVID-19

More than 90 long-term care homes in Ontario are suffering an outbreak of COVID-19.

Professor John Hirdes, an expert in geriatric care, explains why long-term care is a hotbed of COVID-19 and what governments can do to stop it from having an even more devastating effect on the country’s elderly population.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Q and A with the experts: Face masks

Woman wearing a face mask reaches for groceries.

Professor Zahid Butt answers common questions about face masks including who should be wearing them, and when.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Q and A with the experts: Social media and COVID-19

Young person in pajamas looking at cell phone.

The world has moved online, seemingly overnight. Are we using social media more, and what does that mean? Jim Wallace, an expert in how computing systems like our smartphones can address problems in public health, talks about social media during the pandemic.

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