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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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803, 2021

The Hidden Costs of COVID-19

By |March 8th, 2021|Public Health|

The widespread impact of COVID-19 on healthcare systems brought by the pandemic has led to deaths that are not a direct result of infection. A letter published in the journal Circulation explains how COVID-19 can increase the risk of death, even in people who are never infected.

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.

1812, 2020

The Peer Review Process

By |December 18th, 2020|Fundamental Science|

Since March 2020 many scientific studies and articles have helped shape our understanding of the pandemic. However, not all of these articles are peer-reviewed. While not perfect, the process of peer-review is one of the many ways to ensure the new information being shared is scientifically and ethically sound and in line with the scientific method. In this video, we briefly explain what peer review is and where it fits in the research process?

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”.

712, 2020

Long-term Cardiovascular Consequences of COVID-19

By |December 7th, 2020|Fundamental Science|

SARS-CoV2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is considered to be a respiratory virus. However, once inside the lungs, the virus can move throughout the body to cause widespread, systemic injury. Perhaps the most seriously affected system in COVID-19 is the cardiovascular system.

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.

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