O'Brien Institute COVID-19 pandemic response

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), according to the World Health Organization, is an infectious disease caused by a new coronavirus strain named SARS-CoV-2, for which there is currently no treatment or vaccination.

The COVID-19 outbreak was classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), on March 11 2020.

Common symptoms of COVID-19, according to the WHO, include fever, tiredness, dry cough, while other symptoms may include: shortness of breath, aches and pains, sore throat, and very few people will report diarrhoea, nausea or a runny nose.

The best ways to prevent infection or the spread of COVID-19 are spelled out here by the WHO.

About COVID-19

COVID-19 vaccine FAQs

Trusted sources of COVID-19 information include:

Alberta Health Services

Alberta vaccine rollout

Canada public health agency

World Health Organization

Featured COVID-19 research projects

Anatomy, Determinants, Impacts of Meat Processing Plants' COVID-19 Outbreaks

Researchers investigate how the outbreak spread, why it spread, what was the response. 

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National survey highlights broad impact of pandemic on overall health and well-being

Majority of Canadians take COVID-19 seriously, follow guidelines.

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Connecting remote communities with COVID-19 test kits using drones

Researchers investigate drone delivery of medical supplies to remote communities during pandemic. 

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Virtual COVID-19 events, meetings and webinars

Hopes and Challenges for the Coronavirus Vaccine

This Anatomy of a Pandemic digital forum brings together a panel of experts from across the continent to discuss the hopes, the nature and significant challenges associated with the distribution, application and acceptance of the new vaccines.

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Caring for vulnerable populations in a time of crisis

Watch the Caring for Vulnerable populations in a time of crisis webinar series, presented by Street CCRED and Westside Harm Reduction.  

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Virtual Reverse Trade Show: Rapid Solutions for COVID-19 in Continuing Care

COVID-19 has hit continuing care facilities hard. A (virtual) Reverse Trade Show on July 7 identified rapid technical solutions to help prepare continuing care for the next wave and future outbreaks.

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Watch the Anatomy of a Pandemic series

A COVID-19 digital forum series presented by the O'Brien Institute for Public Health.

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COVID-19 data sources

Canadian data

Provincial breakdown of COVID-19 cases

Lastest COVID-19 news

In the News: Edmonton CityNews

Businesses can require vaccination for children, despite province not doing so: law professor

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In the News: Toronto Star

Health Canada has approved the Pfizer COVID vaccine for kids. Here’s what you need to know

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In the News: Global News

UCalgary looking for 55+ volunteers for physical activity study

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In the News: Calgary Herald

'It's stalled:' Group works to break vaccine hesitancy in Alberta

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Funding and research resources

 *IMPORTANT: Given the rapidly approaching deadlines ALL interested UCalgary applicants are asked to contact Clint Westgard. The Grant Development Office will work with applicants to ensure they complete all necessary tasks and meet both the CIHR deadlines and internal deadlines.

Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness Funding opportunities 
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Mercatus Center Emergent Ventures Fund (COVID-19 Fast Track)
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O’Brien Institute catalyst funding
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COVID-19 Challenges Procurement Program: NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program and Innovative Solutions Canada
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Operating Grant : COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence
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Operating Grant : Understanding and mitigating the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on children, youth and families in Canada
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New Frontiers in Research Fund – 2021 Innovative Approaches to Research in the Pandemic Context
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Operating Grant : Emerging COVID-19 Research Gaps and Priorities July 2021
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CanCOVID, a transdisciplinary network of researchers, is seeking five Theme Leaders
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The World Health Organization (WHO) proposal for a Global Allocation Framework for COVID-19 products: Global solidarity requires addressing the structural drivers of inequities
Read the response to Invitation for Feedback here. 

Call for papers related to the COVID-19 pandemic
The Canadian Journal of Public Health (CJPH) is currently soliciting original articles, reviews and correspondence related to the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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iCare Study (survey 2)
Take the International assessment of COVID-19 related attitudes, concerns, responses and impacts in relation to public health policies survey here.

Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA) COVID-19 Experiences and Impact Survey
Take the survey here.

Government of Canada invests $27M in coronavirus research
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Government of Canada funds 49 additional COVID-19 research project details
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Canadian 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Rapid Research Funding Opportunity Results
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Other funding updates from CIHR heresummary FAQ sheet derived from discussions at a recent CIHR University Delegates meeting here

NSERC has announced that all active Discovery Grants can elect to receive a one-year extension with funds at their current funding level. 
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COVID-19 Research Collaboration: Resources for UCalgary researchers and research staff to connect
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Fostering a Community of Practice of Public Health researchers during the COVID-10 pandemic (networking sessions)
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COVID-19 Response: Guidance for UCalgary Researchers
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Centre for Health Informatics (CHI): Advancing Health Informatics Research and Training for Precision Health
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Updates of CIHR programs, including information on decisions regarding the cancellation of the Spring 2020 Project Grant competition and other announcements 
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Read the FAQ sheet that was derived from discussions at a recent CIHR University Delegates meeting here

CanCOVID: An expert community of Canadian COVID-19 researchers, clinical collaborators, and healthcare stakeholders from across the country
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University of Calgary COVID-19 slack workspace for researchers here, sign-up first here
Featuring an O'Brien Institute slack channel: #oiph_public_health_research

The Health and Behavioural Impacts of COVID-19 on Youth: Results from the Canadian Perspectives Survey Series 1 - View the Stats Can survey results here

Attitudes, current behaviours and barriers to public health measures that reduce COVID-19 transmission: A qualitative study to inform public health messaging here