COVID impact stories

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Expert explainer: Dr. Nitin Mohan on ‘circuit breaker lockdowns’

Some experts in Canada are considering a ‘circuit breaker lockdown’ to help control surging case counts of COVID-19. Dr. Nitin…

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Western supporting students following Saugeen-Maitland Hall COVID-19 outbreak

The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) has declared a COVID-19 outbreak in Saugeen-Maitland Hall residence, where there are currently eight confirmed positive cases.

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Engineering students expand Basket Project for homeless

A trio of Western Engineering students decided help vulnerable members in their community as they assembled hygiene kits for the homeless.

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Global study adds to evidence on safe surgery during COVID-19 pandemic

Schulich Medicine & Dentistry researcher Janet Martin says new evidence about how to continue with safe surgery during the pandemic has led to the launch of a dedicated toolkit to guide hospitals in keeping elective surgery up and running safely.

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Digital tool assesses privacy and effectiveness of contact tracing apps 

A new tool developed by a team of Western University computer scientists performs a digital deep dive on the near-endless stream of contact tracing (CT) mobile apps currently available on the market to evaluate their effectiveness and, more importantly for most, their privacy thresholds.

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Ebola ’emergency’ vaccines provide ethical blueprint for COVID-19 response  

The ethics of emergency use vaccines during Africa’s ebola crisis can guide how Canada eventually authorizes vaccines for COVID-19, says a new paper co-authored at Western.

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Western global education expert leads COVID-19 event ahead of G20 Summit

Western’s Prachi Srivastava will lead an international summit to identify how countries’ education systems can recover from the effects of COVID-19 lockdowns, quarantines and physical distancing.


Course on mindful social innovation aims to build pandemic resilience

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a country burdened by years of civil unrest and poverty, only a dozen…


Pandemic poses unique challenges for those living with eating disorders

Physical distancing, quarantines and lockdowns have created a recipe for the onset and relapse of eating disorders, a study co-authored by a Western researcher shows.

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Students help break down barriers to justice

COVID-19 is making access to justice more difficult for marginalized communities, and that reality coupled with the move of many legal services online is prompting more Western law students than ever to step up to meet the need.

Western supporting students following COVID-19 outbreak in London Hall

The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) has declared a COVID-19 outbreak in London Hall, a Western University campus residence, where there are currently four confirmed positive cases. The university is collaborating with the MLHU on contact tracing and is supporting students who need to get tested and quarantine.

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Global study finds ‘COVID-19 free’ hospital areas could save lives after surgery

A new global study suggests hospitals should set up ‘COVID-free’ areas for surgical patients – a step that could reduce the risk of serious complications and death from lung infections associated with coronavirus.