Norway Christmas party may have sparked largest omicron variant outbreak outside of South Africa
A recent Norwegian omicron outbreak at a Christmas party provides early anecdotal evidence on how the variants spreads between vaccinated people and the severity of its symptoms, according to a recent report.
Contact tracing revs up in some states as omicron reaches US
The arrival of the omicron variant of the coronavirus in the U.S. has health officials in some communities reviving contact tracing operations in an attempt to slow and better understand its spread as scientists study how contagious it is and whether it can thwart vaccines.
Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Saturday
News/World: Higher hospital admissions among children during a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections in South Africa that is driven by the omicron variant should prompt vigilance but not panic, as infections have been mild, a health official said on Saturday.
Doctors call for help as hospitals battle surgical backlogs, staffing shortages
News/Health: There is a backlog of hundreds of thousands of surgical procedures, and it will take at least $1.3 billion in additional funding to get wait times back to what they were before the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadian Medical Association says.
Here's how the new arrival testing system will work for foreign travellers from non-U.S. destinations
News/Politics: Federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos sought today to clarify complicated new COVID-19-related travel requirements, saying that all passengers coming from non-U.S. foreign destinations will soon have to undergo mandatory testing on arrival.
Disaster expert urges those affected by B.C. flooding to take care of their mental health
News/Canada/British Columbia: An expert on the psychological and social impacts of disasters on families is encouraging people affected by devastating floods in British Columbia to take care of their mental health while focusing on rebuilding.
Omicron variant of COVID-19 found in multiple US states
The omicron variant of COVID-19, which had been undetected in the U.S. before the middle of this week, had been discovered in at least five states by the end of Thursday, showing yet again how mutations of the virus can circumnavigate the globe with speed and ease.
All Canadians over 50 should get a COVID-19 booster shot, immunization committee says in new guidance
News/Politics: In a new report issued today, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is now strongly recommending all Canadians over the age of 50 and other vulnerable groups like health-care workers, Indigenous peoples and those living in congregate care settings get a third dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.
U.K. study finds mRNA COVID-19 vaccines provide biggest booster impact
News/Health: COVID-19 vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna that use mRNA technology provide the biggest boost to antibody levels when given 10-12 weeks after the second dose, a British study published on Thursday has found.
Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Friday
News/World: The World Health Organization's chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan says while the new coronavirus variant omicron appears to be very transmissible, the right response is to be prepared, cautious and not panic.
7-year-old girl from Sambaa K'e, N.W.T., waits 3 weeks for X-ray after getting injured
News/Canada/North: Etoah Lamalice, 7, fell off a snowmobile in Sambaa K'e, N.W.T., on Nov. 9. It was three weeks until she was able to get an X-ray in Yellowknife to confirm she broke a bone in her arm. Mother Valerie Lamalice is calling for better communication in the health-care system to keep this from happening again.
New Brunswickers with doctors facing increasing wait for health care, survey suggests
News/Canada/New Brunswick: A survey on primary care done by the New Brunswick Health Council found a gradual decrease in residents' ability to get an appointment with their family doctor within five days. Only 51 per cent of New Brunswickers surveyed were able to, down from 56 per cent in 2011.
A 3-year-old went for a flu shot. Instead, she mistakenly got an adult COVID-19 vaccine
News/Canada/Manitoba: Jenna Bardarson booked her daughter for an annual flu shot. But instead, the three-year-old was given an adult dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, the Brandon, Man., mother says.
Sask. resident hoping for kidney transplant says organ donation program resumption is bittersweet
News/Canada/Saskatchewan: For 25-year-old Eden Janzen, the resumption of Saskatchewan's organ donation program is bittersweet, as the Regina woman says her hope of getting a kidney transplant is becoming more distant.