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Resource Allocation This ethics roundtable by Baumrucker et al. discusses the difficult case of critical care resource priority in the context of COVID-19, presenting a case in which an otherwise healthy 59-year-old and a 17-year-old both require ventilator care with Read More
Unique Educational and Persuasive Approaches from Other Countries In a unique approach to persuade individuals to comply with recommended preventive measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Quebec government partnered with local music artists to communicate its message. Music Read More
This article details an Ontario acute care hospital’s response to COVID-19 outbreaks in nearby nursing homes. The hospital explained the partnership in four phases: “1) engagement, relationship and trust-building; 2) environmental scan, team-building and immediate response; 3) early phase response; Read More
This study projected the number of excess suicides in Canada as a consequence of the impact of COVID-19 on unemployment. The authors derived annual suicide mortality (2000-2018) and unemployment (2000-2019) data from Statistics Canada and used time-trend regression models to Read More
This research article presents strategies for increasing public awareness and responses to COVID-19, which begins with timely publicity. Public awareness of COVID-19 varies not only among countries but also within different regions within countries, according to an analysis using Google Read More
This article focuses on the need to use social media channels, involve all stakeholders, and maintain relationships with the media for effective risk communication during the COVID-19 pandemic. Because lessons in risk communication are usually retroactive, it is important to Read More
This research study provides recommendations for public health officials for improving risk communication with health care providers during a public health crisis. Researchers interviewed family physicians in Canada who had experienced public health crises (e.g., SARS and H1N1 outbreaks) to Read More
This set of clinical practice guidelines from the Canadian Geriatrics Society (CGS) addresses methods for scarce resource allocation during a public health emergency, concluding that age alone is an inappropriate basis for rationing decisions because it fails to accurately capture Read More
This paper employed a segmented Poisson model to analyze the available daily new cases data of the COVID-19 outbreaks in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, UK and USA. Their model predicts that the USA will have the most confirmed cases in Read More
This article demonstrated the power of Twitter for world leaders to rapidly and directly communicate public health information about COVID-19 to citizens. By analyzing tweets from Group of Seven (G7) world leaders, researchers concluded that Twitter can be a powerful Read More

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