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COVID-19 news and more from the
Faculty of Medicine, 
University of Toronto 

April 29, 2020 | Volume 28, Number 17

Photo by Kevin Van Paassen, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

COVID-19: Staying Well in the Pandemic 

Some of us are on the frontlines in the fight against COVID-19. Some are in the background, trying to keep our health system operating at peak efficiency. Others struggle with feeling sidelined, doing their part by remaining home to reduce community spread, yet wanting to find other ways to help. Wherever we find ourselves, we are united by a desire to respond to the pandemic. But for all of us that desire is accompanied by stresses and strains. These are unique to each person and each situation, but they are real and we can’t simply push our way through them or pretend they don’t exist. 
Pier Bryden
Director, Professional Values

Julie Maggi 
COVID Faculty Wellness Coordinator 
Director, Postgraduate Wellness Office
Get recent Faculty of Medicine updates on COVID-19


U of T Scientists Develop Smart Search App for COVID-19 Literature

University of Toronto researchers have developed a tool called CiteNet to help fellow researchers efficiently find, survey and review this new literature on COVID-19.

Researcher Uses Diagnostic Lung Test to Identify Patients at Highest Risk of COVID-19 Complications

Professor Shaf Keshavjee is studying how a new diagnostic lung test can help identify COVID-19 patients at the greatest risk of severe illness and death.

U of T Startup Hypercare Helps Hospitals Coordinate COVID-19 Care Efficiently

At Michael Garron Hospital in Toronto’s east end, a digital app developed by U of T alumnus Albert Tai is enabling health-care staff inside and outside the hospital communicate faster and more effectively. 

Engineering Team Develops Tool to Help Hospitals Redeploy Staff Amid Pandemic

University of Toronto researchers have designed a tool to help hospitals make the most of their resources during COVID-19 by more efficiently matching staff to open jobs.

U of T Researcher Aims to Improve Accuracy of COVID-19 Contact Tracing with MyTrace App

When U of T researcher Alán Aspuru-Guzik saw the university’s call for research proposals that could help address the COVID-19 crisis, three words beginning with “T” came to mind:  Treat, Test, Trace. 

Even During the Coronavirus Pandemic, the Role of Public Health Workers is Unrecognized

We absolutely need to focus on testing and the search for treatments during the pandemic, but this fixation has come at the expense of the population health perspective, writes Professor Vivek Goel on The Conversation.

U of T Experts Help Expectant Parents Navigate COVID-19 with Online Guide

Physicians and medical students have come together to create a pandemic pregnancy guide, a virtual hub focused on pregnancy and COVID-19 information on Instagram.

CPD Resources for COVID-19


Teaching Rebooted: Tips for Facilitating Learning Online Through a Pandemic

Join Professors Suzan Schneeweiss and Susanna Talarico to learn more about how to create meaningful, engaging, and effective learning experiences online.

Friday, May 1, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Virtual Events


JLABS: Canadian Biotech VCs and Navigating COVID-19

May 21, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m

How is venture capital handling the pandemic, and what impact could the crisis have on startup investment activity? Speakers include Damian Lamb, co-founder and managing director of Genesys Capital.

View more upcoming virtual events here.

Honours & Awards


Professors Brenda Andrews and Lewis Kay

2020 International Members, U.S. National Academy of Sciences

Across Canada: Universities and COVID-19 🇨🇦


Could DNA Testing Help in COVID-19 Treatment?

Professor Bill Gibson from the University of British Columbia discusses why genotyping ACE2 may potentially improve care for patients with COVID-19.

Read more university research stories and education stories from other Canadian universities on the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada website.
The Computer Algorithm that was Among the First to Detect the Coronavirus Outbreak

On New Year's Eve, Professor Kamran Khan and his company BlueDot were among the first to raise the alarm about COVID-19. Their computer algorithm calculated where the virus might spread next, and it could change the way we fight another contagion. View the full story on 60 Minutes.
Photo by Tom Werner via Getty Images.

U of T Experts on Whether Working from Home will Become the 'New Normal'

Almost overnight, the COVID-19 pandemic has given us a glimpse into the future of work.

“One of the unintended impacts of this lockdown is more people, having tried remote working for the first time, will realize they really don’t need to spend hours a day commuting to an office,” says Chris Bovaird, an associate professor, teaching stream, in the department of management at U of T Scarborough.



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