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Researchers at the University of Alberta and University of Calgary have teamed up to expand their COVID-19 wastewater monitoring programs across the province. The joint effort monitors the wastewater of approximately 3.2 million people or nearly three-quarters of the population of Alberta, via sampling at 17 wastewater treatment plants and facilities across the province. The Government of Alberta has provided $3.4 million in funding to support the program.... 

Real-time infection rates to be tracked on public website.

Alberta can now track the prevalence of COVID-19 infections in nearly 75 per cent of the population thanks to the new Pan-Alberta Network for Wastewater-based SARS-CoV-2 Monitoring announced today....

As the COVID-19 virus continues to spread around the world, a vaccine developed and manufactured at The Ottawa Hospital could provide a unique approach to help control the pandemic. Unlike the COVID-19 vaccines currently approved by the World Health Organization, this new vaccine, dubbed TOH-Vac1, replicates inside the body’s cells....

Positive coping strategies saved teens during COVID-19 first wave.

The emotional toll of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic weighed heavily on everyone in Canada: young and old. Nevertheless, the sense of loss was perhaps most evident on the country’s teens as their world stopped spinning instantly and pivoted quickly to a virtual space....

Human trials are set to begin for two next-generation COVID-19 vaccines developed by a team of scientists at McMaster University....

“The virus itself has protein spikes covering the outside of it,” says Professor Jabbour. “That protein is the agent that latches onto human cells — a process called docking, in the same way you would dock your phone or tablet to charge it....

Sugars found on the surface of human cells influence COVID-19 infection, according to a University of Alberta-led study that is one of the first to observe this relationship and suggests that cells in the brain might be particularly susceptible....

Many people who contract COVID-19 get better on their own at home, but more serious cases can involve hospitalization and months of recovery – or more.... 

McMaster University scientists are conducting research on the long-term illnesses suffered by some patients after they’ve recovered from COVID-19, which may be caused by immune dysfunction....