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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. Listen below or…

Updates on COVID-19 Variants of Concern

SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, is a virus from the Coronavirus family. Coronaviruses are named after the Latin word, “corona”, meaning “crown” because they express spike proteins on their surface which resembles the ‘thrones of a crown’. The spike protein is comprised of three domains: a short cytoplasmic tail, a transmembrane domain, and an ectodomain. The…

PHAC Age-Stratified SEIR Compartmental Model on COVID-19

Canada Communicable Disease Report (CCDR) Publication Summary CCDR Article – Contact tracing of COVID-19 transmission during restrictive closures in Canada This study underlines the importance of a cautious approach to lifting restrictive closures in this second phase of the epidemic. This approach includes efforts by public health to identify cases and trace contacts, and to encourage Canadians to…

Measuring What Counts in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Equity Indicators for Public Health

Under the leadership of public health agencies, departments and units across the country, the 2020 responses to COVID-19 in Canada have seen an unprecedented mobilization of funds, human resources and materials. Responses have involved communities and multiple federal, provincial and territorial departments across the country.

Supporting Vaccine Confidence in Indigenous Peoples

The National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health (NCCIH), in collaboration with the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCCID), produced five fact sheets on vaccine-preventable diseases and immunizations. The resources help support vaccine confidence amongst First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and communities. Additional links to video and trusted web sites on vaccines are provided…

Progress on Integrated Antimicrobial Resistance and Antimicrobial Use Surveillance in Canada (2014-2019)

There have been important expansions within existing national surveillance programs (Canadian Nosocomial Infection Surveillance Program and the Canadian Integrated Program for AMR Surveillance), with new data integration and reporting by the Canadian AMR Surveillance System. However, important gaps in the AMR/AMU surveillance “patchwork” in Canada must be addressed to make it a comprehensive, integrated, One Health…

Incarceration and Sexually Transmitted and Blood-borne Diseases

Sexually transmitted and blood-borne infection (STBBI) rates have been increasing across Canada, particularly for hepatitis C (HCV), gonorrhea, and syphilis, including the highest rates of congenital syphilis ever reported. STBBI transmission is influenced by social, structural, and environmental factors, and these infections are increasingly associated with substance use, inadequate housing, and a history of incarceration….