PERSISTENT LOSS OF SMELL DUE TO COVID-19 CLOSELY CONNECTED TO LONG-LASTING COGNITIVE PROBLEMS

FROM THE ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2022 Also, ICU Stay May Double Risk of Dementia in Older Adults  SAN DIEGO, July 31, 2022 /CNW/ -- New insights into factors that may predict, increase or protect against the impact of COVID-19 and the pandemic on memory and thinking skills were revealed by multiple studies reported today at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference® (AAIC®) 2022 in San Diego and virtually. Among the key findings reported at AAIC 2022: A group from Argentina found that persistent loss of the sense of smell may be a better predictor of long-term cognitive and functional impairment than...

Daughter despairs as COVID-19 threatens mother in Kitchener nursing home

Daughter despairs as COVID-19 threatens mother in Kitchener nursing home | TheRecord.com \n","heading":"","fullWindow":false,"fullBleed":false,"showFullBleedOnMobile":false,"headColor":"","type":"html5mobile","textColor":"","mobileImageUrl":"","bgColor":"","imageUrl":"","registeredOnly":false,"linkUrl":"","aodaTitle":"Hospitalizations still on the rise","internalScroll":false,"displayStyle":"small-up"},{"type":"textBreakPoint","insertAt":"contentMiddleBreakPoint"},{"type":"articleRelatedInlinePrimary"},{"text":"Since late June this region has suffered between eight and 14 COVID-related deaths in nursing homes, the biggest spike since January according to provincial data sets. Regional data shows eight nursing homes and 10 retirement residences currently coping with active outbreaks that have sickened 359 people. ","type":"text","isParagraph":true,"isHeading":false},{"text":"“The ministry is taking all necessary measures to protect the health, safety, and well-being of long-term care residents, staff, and all others who attend homes,” Mark Nesbitt, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Long-Term Care, said by email.","type":"text","isParagraph":true,"isHeading":false},{"text":"He...

Opinion: COVID-19 almost certainly did not come from a lab leak. Here’s how we know

Staff of the Wuhan Hygiene Emergency Response Team conduct searches on the closed Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan, in the Hubei Province, on Jan. 11, 2020.NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty ImagesDr. Angela Rasmussen is a virologist at the University of Saskatchewan’s Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization, an adjunct professor of biochemistry, microbiology, and immunology at the University of Saskatchewan, and the lead of the host-pathogen interactions pillar for the Canadian Coronavirus Variants Rapid Response Network (CoVaRR-Net). Dr. Michael Worobey is a Canadian evolutionary biologist, and professor and head of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona. They...

COVID-19, war in Ukraine ‘derailed’ progress in global AIDS fight, UN official says

UNAIDS executive director Winnie Byanyima, centre, releases the 2022 update on the global AIDS situation, as International AIDS Society president Adeeba Kamarulzaman, left, and U.S. Global AIDS Co-ordinator John Nkengasong look on at a news conference in Montreal on July 27.Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian PressAhead of a major international AIDS conference in Montreal, researchers and officials on Wednesday promoted the progress toward finding a cure for HIV, but lamented how the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the global fight against the disease.A report released Wednesday by UNAIDS – the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS – said about 1.5 million people were infected...

New studies say COVID-19 virus originated in Wuhan market in China – National

Two new studies provide more evidence that the coronavirus pandemic originated in a Wuhan, China market where live animals were sold — further bolstering the theory that the virus emerged in the wild rather than escaping from a Chinese lab. The research, published online Tuesday by the journal Science, shows that the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market was likely the early epicenter of the scourge that has now killed nearly 6.4 million people around the world. Scientists conclude that the virus that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, likely spilled from animals into people two separate times. Read more: 4th COVID-19 dose: What is...

Sarnia gym owner pleads guilty to breaking COVID-19 rules

Article content A Sarnia gym that refused to close during one of Ontario’s COVID-19 lockdowns has been slapped with a fine for flouting emergency rules that were in effect at the time, but a much smaller one than initially levied. Sharky’s Athletic Club co-owners Bill and Cindy Van Hoogenhuize told The Observer in mid-March 2021 they’d been fighting an $880 fine issued weeks earlier when officials said the gym had more people inside than the rules permitted. Lambton was in the red-control zone at the time, which limited indoor gyms to 10 people. Bill Van Hoogenhuize, through a paralegal, pleaded...

Ottawa’s medical officer of health ‘concerned’ about COVID-19 wave

Breadcrumb Trail Links News Local News “This is indicative that the level of COVID-19 is very high in Ottawa right now, higher than the January Omicron wave.". Dr. Vera Etches wears a mask during a June 9 ceremony in which she and the Ottawa Public Health team were presented with the Key to the City. Photo by Tony Caldwell /Postmedia Article content Amid a summer surge of COVID-19, Ottawa’s medical officer of health says “now is the time” to adapt to the amount of the virus circulating in the city by wearing masks, staying home when sick, getting boosted and limiting...

CBC paid $30 million in bonuses during first two years of COVID-19 pandemic

Breadcrumb Trail Links News Canada There were 1,033 full-time employees who received bonuses. That's an average of about $14,800 per employee Publishing date: Jul 22, 2022  •  10 hours ago  •  2 minute read  •  204 Comments Leon Mar, a spokesperson with CBC, said the bonuses were paid out as part of the corporation's broader business plan, meant to  "focus collective and individual efforts on achieving the Corporation’s objective." Photo by Aaron Lynett / National Post Article content Over the course of the pandemic, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation paid out more than $30 million in bonuses, according to access to information...

How COVID-19 symptoms are changing: A sore throat and hoarse voice became top symptoms with newer variant

The top symptoms of the Omicron COVID-19 variant may differ from symptoms that were common at the start of the pandemic. Omicron may also be less severe than the Delta variant, a study out of the U.K. found.People with Omicron often report sore throat and a hoarse voice, which were not as prevalent in Delta cases, a Zoe Health Study found. This is true for vaccinated and unvaccinated patients.People who contracted the Omicron variant were less likely to be hospitalized compared to those with the Delta variant, Zoe Health said in a press release about the study. Symptoms also lasted for...

Alberta expands access to second COVID-19 booster shots to all adults

All adult Albertans will soon have the choice to roll up their sleeves for a fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Alberta is expanding access to second booster doses, the province announced Tuesday. Starting Wednesday, Albertans 18 years of age and older can book appointments for a second booster dose of mRNA vaccine, five or more months after receiving their first booster dose.Albertans can book online by using the Alberta vaccine booking system or by calling 811. Walk-in appointments will be also be available at select pharmacies, the province said in a news release.Albertans who have received one dose of the Janssen vaccine at least two months ago...