News roundup - July 18 to July 30, 2020

Jul 30, 2020
Ben Gane

School starts in a matter of weeks. We need a Canada-wide mask policy as soon as possible 

The Toronto Star. July 28, 2020. By Dr. Karen Wang.

In March, masks were considered a scarce commodity for health care workers. There was little debate around their effectiveness; it was primarily a hunt to secure them. The generous outpouring and combined dedication of Canadians, however, supplied the missing personal protective equipment (PPE), facilitated containment measures, and flattened the ominously rising curve

Defund the police? Canadians split along generational lines, Ipsos poll suggests

Q107. July 25, 2020. Featuring Dr. Kwame McKenzie.

A new Ipsos poll, conducted exclusively for Global News, is highlighting a deep generational divide within Canada over police reform. Dr. Kwame McKenzie comments on how calls from groups like Black Lives Matter for cuts to police funding are largely addressing how police respond to mental health crises.

Health care workers report anxiety, moral distress, unclear work delegation, preliminary COVID-19 research finds

The Varsity. July 25, 2020. Featuring Dr. Rima Styra.

The Varsity interviewed two recipients of the Toronto COVID-19 Action Fund, including Dr. Rima Styra, who is a part of the psychiatry department at the Faculty of Medicine and a Clinician Investigator at the Toronto General Hospital Research Institute.

COVID-19 is harming journalists’ mental health, a new study found

Poynter. July 24, 2020. Featuring Dr. Anthony Feinstein.

70% suffer from some levels of psychological distress and responses suggest that 26% have clinically significant anxiety compatible with the diagnosis of Generalized Anxiety Disorder which includes symptoms of worry, feeling on edge, insomnia, poor concentration and fatigue.

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