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COVID-19

Resources

Key Canadian federal, provincial, and municipal government sites:
Government of Canada

Government of Ontario

Government of Quebec

City of Ottawa

City of Toronto

City of Montreal

City of Vancouver

Key U.S. and world sites:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, USA)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Johns Hopkins maintains a heavyweight array of news and resources for public and professions. The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security was a cutting edge organization dealing with pandemics long before coronavirus came on the scene:
Johns Hopkins – Coronavirus Resource Center

Johns Hopkins – Center for Health Security

STAT is a premier health sciences reporting organization in the U.S.

Nature.com is a great resource for up-to-date information on the science of coronavirus. The site also provides helpful curation of scientific papers from other journals.

The Lancet has a COVID-19 Resource Centre, collecting articles and correspondence on the topic.

The New England Journal of Medicine likewise has a central webpage gathering articles and correspondence on coronavirus.

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health offers a "Live map of COVID-19 evidence", including topic-specific maps tracking emerging evidence on (e.g.) prognosis, infection prevention, and etiology.

University of Ottawa Professor Craig Forcese & Leah West’s chapter on Emergencies is a good primer on Canadian and international law in this area. Available open access at SSRN. Professor Craig Forcese also has a website, INTREPID, which tracks COVID-19 emergency orders by province.

The Our World in Data website, led by economist Max Roser, is a good resource for current data.

Tracking Public Investment in Global Covid-19 Research & Development

Here's a little website that will send you a curate top five new papers on COVID-19 every day by email—or just visit the site to see them all.

And then of course there is the Worldometer.

Recent Publications

Communication about COVID-19 from Canadian provincial chief medical officers of health: a qualitative study
Patrick Fafard (co-author). CMAJ Open. 2020. (OPEN ACCESS)

Diets, Diseases, and Discourse: Lessons from COVID-19 for Trade in Wildlife, Public Health, and Food Systems Reform
Angela Lee & Adam Houston. Food Ethics. 2020. (OPEN ACCESS)

Governing COVID-19 without government in Brazil: Ignorance, neoliberal authoritarianism, and the collapse of public health leadership
Francisco Ortega & Michael Orsini. Global Public Health. 2020. (OPEN ACCESS)

Restoring Trust: COVID-19 and The Future of Long-Term Care
Colleen Flood (co-author). Royal Society of Canada. 2020. (OPEN ACCESS)

The International Health Regulations (2005), the threat of populism and the COVID-19 pandemic
Kumanan Wilson (co-author). Global Health. 2020. (OPEN ACCESS)

COVID-19 Travel Restrictions and the International Health Regulations (2005)
Barbara von Tigerstrom & Kumanan Wilson. BMJ Glob Health. 2020. (OPEN ACCESS)

Books/Collections

Vulnerable: The Law, Policy and Ethics of COVID-19
Colleen M. Flood, Vanessa MacDonnell, Jane Philpott, Sophie Thériault, Sridhar Venkatapuram (eds). 2020.
Includes pieces on diverse topics from 70 contributors (20 from CHLPE) across law, policy, ethics, medicine, health sciences, economics, management, and more.
(OPEN ACCESS)

Recent Media

Ottawa must put data first and tie to health funding
Michael Wolfson. Toronto Star. Aug 2020.

There’s a Drug to Treat COVID-19, but Canada Must Act Soon to Ensure Access: Why compulsory licensing is the right tool for right now
Adam Houston. The Tyee. July 2020.

Canada needs to start taking long-term care more seriously
w/ Colleen Flood. Globe and Mail. July 2020.

Immunity checks could help ensure fans’ safety at sporting events, doctor says
w/ Kumanan Wilson. New York Post. July 2020.

Our post-pandemic future
Vanessa MacDonnell, Sophie Thériault & Sridhar Venkatapuram. iPolitics. July 2020.

COVID-19 and Canada’s Mobile Labour Force
Katherine Lippel et al. Migration & (Im)mobility Magazine. June 2020.

More Canadians are refusing work due to COVID-19—but it's tough to get authorities to agree
w/ Katherine Lippel. CBC News. June 2020.

Doctors Without Borders Wants Trudeau to Commit to Fair Access to COVID-19 Vaccines
w/ Jason Nickerson. Toronto Star. June 2020.

COVID-19 : Le développement d’un vaccin soulève encore bien des questions
w/ Patrick Fafard. Radio-Canada. June 2020.

As the Race for a Vaccine Ramps Up, So Do Calls for Vaccine Injury Compensation
w/ Kumanan Wilson. CTV News. June 2020.

We Must Act Now to Prevent a Second Wave of Long-Term Care Deaths
Colleen Flood (co-author). Royal Society of Canada. June 2020.

Long-term care work deserves our respect
Ivy Bougreault. Policy Options. June 2020.

How Should We Enforce Pandemic Rules For Those Living With Mental Illness?
Jennifer Chandler. Policy Options. June 2020.

Is digital contact-tracing a real hope or a dangerous distraction?
w/ Jason Millar. National Observer. May 2020

COVID-19: le Bloc s'oppose à une stratégie nationale de retraçage
w/ Karen Eltis. Les Affaires. May 2020.

Long-term care work is essential but essentially under-recognized
Ivy Bougreault. Policy Options. May 2020.

Identifier les survivants de la COVID-19 et les exempter de confinement, une bonne idée?
w/ Kumanan Wilson. Radio-Canada. May 2020.

Will lessons from cholera in Haiti be applied to COVID-19?
Adam Houston, Beatrice Lindstrom. IPI Observatory. May 2020.

Il faut protéger les plus vulnérables
w/ Katherine Lippel. Le devoir. May 2020.

COVID-19: In the Shadow of Ebola, the Patent War to Come and a Forgotten Africa
Nailah Ramsoomair & Chidi Oguamanam. ABS Canada. May 2020.

COVID-19 and the Amazon: Indigenous Peoples, Conservation Under Threat
Nailah Ramsoomair & Chidi Oguamanam. ABS Canada. May 2020.

Side effects may vary: lack of evidence prompts vigilance when considering contact-tracing apps
Jason Millar. Hill Times. May 2020.

Boris Johnson Battling COVID-19 in Hospital, Steps to Get Back to Normal Life After a Pandemic, and How Africa is Dealing with the COVID-19 Crisis
w/ Chidi Oguamanam. The Craig Needles Podcast. Apr 2020.

Ontario Safe Streets Act will cost lives amid the coronavirus pandemic
Marie-Eve Sylvestre et al. The Conversation. Apr 2020.

Five Ways A COVID-19 Contact-Tracing App Could Make Things Worse
Jason Millar. Policy Options. Apr 2020.

Créer une banque de données des effectifs en santé
Ivy Bourgeault. Policy Options. April 2020.

Rationing care in Canada and U.S. in the face of COVID-19
Jennifer Herbst. iPolitics. April 2020.

The future of long-term care homes
w/ Colleen Flood. CBC Radio. April 2020.

Coronavirus vaccine must be affordable and accessible
Jason Nickerson. The Conversation. April 2020.

Comment les Canadiens perçoivent-ils la COVID-19?
w/ Patrick Fafard. Radio-Canada. April 2020.

Why has Canada’s data collection lagged so far behind?
Michael Wolfson. Blog. April 2020.

Governing COVID-19 in Brazil: Dissecting the ableist and reluctant authoritarian
Michael Orsini. Somatosphere. April 2020.

The impact of COVID-19 on seniors: Lessons to be learned
Martine Lagacé. Blog. April 2020.

Liberty versus security in a pandemic
w/ Colleen Flood. TVO The Agenda. April 2020.

What are the rights and responsibilities of healthcare providers?
Vanessa Gruben, Alicia Czarnowski. Policy Options. April 2020.

La gestion de la pandémie par les gouvernements
w/ Patrick Fafard. Radio-Canada. April 2020.

Crisis underscores that health workers are backbone of health system
Ivy Bourgeault, Sarah Simkin, Caroline Chamberland-Rowe. QUOi Media. April 2020.

Canada after the curve
w/ Michael Wolfson. National Post Radio. April 2020.

How invoking the Emergency Act could help Canada better track, contain COVID-19
Colleen Flood, Teresa Scassa, David Robertson. CBC. April 2020.

Africa and COVID-19
Chidi Oguamanam. Blog. April 2020.

COVID-19 visitation bans for people in institutions put many at risk in other ways
Natalie Spagnuolo & Michael Orsini. CBC. March 2020.

Border closures may not be legal and won't stop spread
Y.Y. Chen, Jamie Liew. QUOi Media. March 2020.

What happens after the pandemic curve flattens?
Michael Wolfson. Globe and Mail. March 2020.

Ethics, the law and a public health emergency
w/ Colleen Flood. CBC The Sunday Edition. March 2020.

Leaving no one behind with COVID-19
Katherine Lippel. Toronto Star. March 2020.

Populism and pandemics: The IHR was meant to address outbreaks like COVID-19, but nations have ignored it
Kumanan Wilson. CBC News. March 2020.

In the face of COVID-19, we must understand Canada's lockdown powers
Colleen Flood, Bryan Thomas. Globe and Mail. March 2020.

How global health rules are being challenged by coronavirus
Kumanan Wilson, Sam Halabi. Ottawa Citizen. Feb 2020.

Will The COVID Pandemic Lead to a Global Spike in Global Religiosity?
Lori Beaman (co-author). Centre for Geopolitics. 2020.

Event Videos

Science + Policy: Our Response and Next Steps to COVID-19
Kumanan Wilson. Apr 2020.

Coronavirus, Human Rights, and Social Media: Balancing Rights and Response in an #Outbreak
Amir Attaran, Jane Bailey, Y.Y. Chen, Colleen M. Flood, Vanessa Gruben. Feb 2020.

Project Sites

Canada's Preparation for and Response to COVID-19

Kumanan Wilson

A project to evaluate Canada’s preparedness and response to the COVID-19 virus. In particular, Dr. Wilson wants to know how well Canada has complied with the International Health Regulations. These Regulations represent an agreement between 196 countries to work together on global health security. The regulations were developed based on the European response to cholera in the 19th century, but were expanded and updated in 2005 in response to SARS. The signatories have agreed to build their capacity to detect, assess, and report on public health events.

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