Posts Tagged: COVID-19

Mandatory vaccination is about ethics, not just science

January 10, 2022

Bioethics expert Maxwell Smith believes the decision to implement mandatory vaccinations will rest largely on whether they can be ethically justified.

Learning loss expert available to comment on school closures

January 7, 2022

Canada Research Chair in Neuroscience & Learning Disorders says the true cost of the pandemic on children’s learning may only be evident in years to come.

Vaccine equity key to helping prevent COVID-19 variants like Omicron

December 1, 2021

Maxwell Smith, associate director of Western’s Health Ethics, Law, & Policy (HELP) Lab, is available to media for interviews about the Omicron variant.

New study examines travel trends during COVID-19 lockdown

November 25, 2021

Researchers used de-identified and aggregated network mobility data to determine the effectiveness of Ontario’s regionally targeted lockdowns to reduce movement during the pandemic.

Experts available to comment on COVID-19 vaccines for kids

November 19, 2021

Health Canada has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for youth aged 5 to 11, marking a major milestone in Canada’s…

Walking may reduce postpartum depression symptoms

October 27, 2021

A new Western study suggests brisk walking – as little as 15 minutes a day – may be the answer for many women struggling with PPD, though some severe cases may still require traditional medical care.

Children’s screen time surged during pandemic

October 20, 2021

Children have been spending almost triple the recommended amount of screen time during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new Western-led study.

Global and domestic policy failure lead to third school year of uncertainty

September 2, 2021

The world is entering a third school year of uncertainty, and potential disruption. This is a global and domestic policy failure, says a Western education expert.

Inequalities in Toronto persist despite ‘hotspot’ COVID-19 vaccine rollout

August 19, 2021

Western-led study finds despite relatively small differences in vaccination rates across communities in Toronto, inequalities persisted.

In-person learning essential for education and well-being of children 

July 20, 2021

Prachi Srivastava, a global education professor in Western’s Faculty of Education and a co-author of the report, is available to media for comment.