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Infectious Questions: What health professionals should know about COVID-19 (2019-nCoV)

To support public health knowledge translation during the current outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus, NCCID is releasing a Q+A podcast series for public health professionals and health care practitioners in Canada. Listener submissions and feedback will drive podcast topics.

Please contact NCCID Project Manager Shivoan Balakumar to submit questions on 2019-nCoV and COVID-19 for future episodes.

Infectious Questions ranked sixteenth on MPH Online's list of Top 30 Public Health Podcasts of 2020.

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Episode 18

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 — In this episode, Angela Eykelbosh, Environmental Health and Knowledge Translation Scientist at the National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health (NCCEH), shares their information and evidence for preventing COVID-19 transmission in multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs)

Episode 17

Monday, September 14, 2020 — On this episode, Stephanie Mayell, of the Migrant Worker Health Expert Working Group (MWHEWG), discusses the burden of COVID-19 among migrant agricultural workers in Canada, barriers to prevention, and opportunities for public health intervention.

Episode 16

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 — In this podcast, Dr. Erin Knight, medical director of Addiction Services with Shared Health and the medical co-lead of the Rapid Access to Addictions Medicine (RAAM), discusses changes and trends in substance use during COVID-19 and how public health and addiction service teams are responding together to meet the needs of communities.

Episode 15

Monday, July 6, 2020 — On this episode, the 15th of our series, we’ve partnered with the National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health to discuss the evacuations of Northern Indigenous communities in Canada, and the public health considerations of COVID-19 in these tragic events. NCCIH’s Roberta Stout spoke with Dr. Emily Dicken, the Director of Emergency Management at the First Nations Health Authority.

Episode 14

Monday, June 22, 2020 — In this episode of our series on COVID-19, we discuss the impact of COVID-19 on public health programming for sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs). We speak with Jennifer Gratrix, interim director of the STBBI program for Alberta Health Services.

Episode 13

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 — For our 13th episode, we circle back to continue our discussion on the health and well-being of children during the COVID-19 pandemic. NCCID’s Margaret Haworth-Brockman speaks with Dr. Joanne Langley, a pediatric infectious disease clinician in Halifax at IWK Health Centre and Dalhousie University, about current pediatric considerations for COVID-19 including epidemiology, presenting symptoms and demographic data.

Episode 12

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 — In this episode, NCCID’s Aleksandra Wierzbowski speaks with Dr. Graham Tipples, Medical-Scientific Director at Alberta’s Public Health Lab, about current and upcoming serological tactics for COVID-19. Dr. Tipples explains what healthcare professionals need to know about serology testing right now, limitations of the test, length of immunity to COVID-19 and who should be the priority for serological testing.

Episode 11

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 — For our 11th episode, we discuss the health and well-being of children during the COVID-19 pandemic. NCCID’s Margaret Haworth-Brockman speaks with Dr. Joanne Langley, a pediatric infectious disease clinician in Halifax at IWK Health Centre and Dalhousie University, about current pediatric considerations for COVID-19.  

Interested in other pediatric-focused resources, check out the following:

Maintaining the health and well-being of First Nations, Inuit and Métis children and teens during COVID-19

How to help your kids with COVID from your friendly neighbourhood Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Episode 10

Monday, April 20, 2020 — In our 10th episode, we shed light on Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) resources for COVID-19 from IPAC Canada.  Jennifer Happe, an Infection Prevention and Control Professional and a Director on the Board of IPAC Canada acknowledges current challenges for frontline personnel and reminds our listeners of foundational IPC skills and opportunities to learn more.  

Visit IPAC Canada’s COVID-19 resource page for helpful resources, including educational webinars, IPC guidelines, seminal scientific publications, guidance on conserving PPE, and training materials suitable for a range of healthcare and allied personnel.

Episode 9

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 — In February, Dr. Jared Bullard, an infectious disease specialist and Associate Medical Director at the Cadham Provincial Lab in Winnipeg Manitoba, spoke with us about Canada’s initial laboratory response to 2019-nCoV and COVID-19. In this episode, Dr. Bullard returns to provide an update on testing and diagnosis for COVID-19 and Canada’s ongoing laboratory response.

Episode 8

Monday, April 6, 2020 — On this episode of our series on COVID-19, we discuss livestock, farming and One Health considerations for COVID-19. We speak with Dr. Simon Otto, a veterinarian, epidemiologist and assistant professor at the University of Alberta School of Public Health.

Episode 7

Monday, March 30, 2020 — In the 7th episode of our series on COVID-19, we discuss public health roles, measures and considerations for northern and remote communities in Canada. We speak with Dr. Michael Isaac, Medical Officer of Health in the Northern Health Region of Manitoba.

Episode 6

Monday, March 23, 2020 — Continuing our series on COVID-19, we speak to Dr. David Strang, a geriatrician and co-founding member of the Long Term Care Medical Directors Association of Canada,  on how Long Term Care homes, as well as supportive residences for seniors in communities, are preparing

Episode 5

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 — In partnership with the National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health, our 5th episode in the COVID-19 series focuses on pandemic preparedness in First Nations communities. We speak with Marlene Larocque, Senior Policy Advisor at the Assembly of First Nations, and Dr. Myrle Ballard, Researcher and Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba.

Additional Resources from NCCIH

Indigenous Services Canada’s preparedness and response to COVID-19

English [PDF]
Français [PDF]

Episode 4

Thursday, February 21, 2020 — In the fourth episode of this series, we delve into the issues of stigma and discrimination as they relate to 2019-nCoV, and how public health can respond. We talk with Pemma Muzumdar, a Knowledge Translation Specialist at the National Collaborating Centre for the Determinants of Health.

Additional Resources from NCCDH

Lets’s Talk: Racism and health equity (English/French)
Key public health resources for anti-racism action: A curated list (English/French)

Episode 3

Thursday, February 13, 2020 — In this episode, we focus on effective public health engagement with nurses in Canada about 2019-nCoV. We speak with Dr. Claire Betker, President of the Canadian Nurses Association and the Scientific Director for the National Collaborating Centre for the Determinants of Health.

Episode 2

Friday, February 7, 2020 — In this episode, we continue our look at the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, specifically on infection prevention and control in Canadian healthcare settings. We chat with  Dr. John Embil, an infectious disease consultant at the University of Manitoba and Medical Director for the Infection Prevention and Control program at the Health Sciences Centre hospital and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

Episode 1

Thursday, February 6, 2020 — In the first episode of the series, we pose questions on Novel Coronavirus testing and diagnosis and Canada’s laboratory response to Dr. Jared Bullard, an infectious disease specialist and Associate Medical Director at the Cadham Provincial Lab in Winnipeg Manitoba.

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