How Canada changed its position on pandemic travel bans
News/Politics: Countries are acting swiftly to isolate regions where COVID-19 variants of concern have emerged. Many scientists are not convinced that travel bans actually work. Some say bans encourage countries to downplay outbreaks or hide new variants. Others say bans can buy time.
Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Tuesday
News/World: The omicron variant was already in the Netherlands when South Africa alerted the World Health Organization about it last week, Dutch health authorities said Tuesday, adding to fear and confusion over the new version of the coronavirus in a weary world hoping it had left the worst of the pandemic behind.
Omicron expected to arrive in NYC, COVID masks should be worn indoors ‘at all times,’ city’s top doctor says
With New York City health officials anticipating the omicron variant to arrive in the coming days, the city’s top doctor on Monday recommended that New Yorkers wear COVID-19 masks "at all times" indoors and in public settings regardless of their vaccination status.
Yukon now has highest opioid death rate in Canada, territory's chief coroner says
News/Canada/North: Yukon now has the highest rate of deaths due to opioids in the country, at 48.4 deaths per 100,000 people, more than double the Canada-wide rate of 19.4. “This is shocking,” said Heather Jones, the territory's chief coroner.
Couple with COVID-19 leave quarantine, arrested trying to flee country, Dutch police say
A married couple who tested positive for COVID-19 left their hotel quarantine and were arrested in an “airplane that was about to” leave the country, Dutch military police said, according to a report.
Digital multitasking can be detrimental to a child’s mental health, study warns
Children face a deluge of electronic information from traditional television and computers to tablets, smartphones and video games, but prior studies examining the impact of electronic media on children and adults have yield mixed results.