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#ScienceExplained is a collaborative science communication initiative. With the help of multidisciplinary experts we provide the Canadian public with accurate written and video information about various aspects of the pandemic.
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With support from our volunteers we translate these expert-written information into different languages (e.g. French, Arabic, Farsi, Chinese, Spanish, Hindi, Urdu, etc.) thereby helping make accurate information accessible to culturally diverse groups.

The main objective of #ScienceExplained is to bridge knowledge gaps and dispel myths surrounding COVID-19 and the Canada-wide response.

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601, 2021

Are COVID-19 vaccines a rush job? Explaining the speed of vaccine development

By |January 6th, 2021|Vaccines and Therapeutics|

It turns out that things may not be as they appear when it comes to the speed of COVID-19 vaccine development. The reality is that COVID-19 vaccines are based on years of documented research that created the critical knowledge, infrastructure, and cutting-edge technology that made rapid vaccine production possible.

1512, 2020

Long term complications of COVID

By |December 15th, 2020|Fundamental Science|

Many infectious diseases can cause persistent symptoms and complications after the infection itself has cleared. These can range from impaired memory that improves over weeks, to general weakness that improves over months, to chronic organ dysfunction. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), an infection caused by SARS-CoV2, also appears to carry a risk of post-infection symptoms, commonly called “Long COVID”.

2411, 2020

Vaccination Opponents Drive An Epidemic Of COVID-19 Misinformation

By |November 24th, 2020|Vaccines and Therapeutics|

There is a saying that when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. So, it should come as no surprise that vaccine skeptics worldwide are sounding the alarm about the flu shot as a real danger in the COVID-19 pandemic. Confused? Well, it turns out the anti-vaccine activists are too.

2710, 2020

Good news from immunologists for potential success of vaccines against COVID-19

By |October 27th, 2020|Fundamental Science|

There have been questions whether humans will develop immunity against SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes the disease, COVID-19. This question is critical for vaccine developers. Recently, good news came from several immunologists around the world that once our bodies encounter the virus, a protective response to the virus can be achieved.

2710, 2020

The Mental Health Toll of COVID-19

By |October 27th, 2020|Public Health|

The physical health impacts of COVID-19 have been well highlighted in the media. However, less discussed are the consequences that the stress of a pandemic in general – and quarantine measures in particular – have on mental health. Research from Australia shines a light on how the current pandemic has affected mental health, specifically the conditions of social isolation and loneliness.

2710, 2020

Out of sight, out of mind: COVID-19 and Cardiac Arrest

By |October 27th, 2020|Public Health|

COVID-19 is known as an illness of the respiratory system, but the cardiovascular system has emerged as a critical player in the disease. Pre-existing cardiovascular conditions are linked with higher rates of mortality, and the virus can damage the cardiovascular system, causing potentially long-term injury.

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