Testing for SARS-CoV2, the virus that caused the condition known as COVID-19, is done using a RT (reverse transcriptase) PCR-based test to detect the target viral RNA. These probes are prepared by conventional solid phase synthesis on controlled pore glass using O-DMT-(2-N-FMOC-4’-aminobutyl)-1,3-propanediol (OFP) as the linker. Approximately 1 kilogram of OFP has been manufactured per year for the last decade to meet all diagnostic and academic research needs; since the pandemic outbreak, the need for this material has increased 20-fold.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses and COVID-19 is a new disease from this family that has not been previously identified in humans . Those who are infected with COVID-19 may have little to no symptoms and may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19 . It’s possible to detect this disease early by measuring the heart rate, blood oxygenation (SpO2), body temperature and heart rate variability and isolate the person to prevent the spread of the virus. VitalTracer has developed a medical wrist device that continuously tracks bio-signals in real-time.
This project proposes the use of carboxylated cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) - developed and manufactured by Anomera Inc. from Canadian forests - as nano-inclusions to tailor a set of properties in latex-based PSA nanocomposites towards enhanced performance. Due to their unique properties, CNCs can significantly enhance the mechanical performance of latex-based PSAs.
As obesity (body mass index [BMI] >=30.0kg/m2) increases, there is also an increased risk for experiencing weight stigma (WS). WS is defined as having negative attitudes towards individuals because of weight. WS experienced in health care settings may cause poor communication with physicians, and negative health outcomes. A population that may experience WS are pregnant women who have a BMI >=40.0kg/m2 (high level of obesity). To prevent WS during pregnancy, health care providers may need sensitivity training.
The project aims to understand and support Canadian wheelchair curling leaders (i.e., coaches, athletes, and sport administrators) to return to sport and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 pandemic. Bringing coaches together virtually and educating them to provide athlete support remotely can have a positive effect on the sport landscape post-pandemic. The intern will identify the sport gaps and strengths and align Curling Canada's resources and goals with provincial return to play guidelines.
Covid 19 has deeply disrupted supply chains. Companies face profoundly changing consumer demand, the elimination of entire subsectors of industries due to forced closures, or individual suppliers due to bankruptcy or temporary plant closures due to COVID19 outbreaks.
Continuous monitoring of respiratory rate, blood oxygen level and body temperature is vital for early detection of COVID-19 among patients and monitoring their health condition. Early detection of COVID-19 is crucial for successful treatment of this deadly disease. Unfortunately, most of the COVID-19 patients do not indicate any serious symptom such as breathing problem in early stage of this disease. And by the time they do, they have alarmingly low oxygen levels and moderate-to-severe pneumonia which in many cases does not have any treatment and leads to death.
Concrete is a major construction material used worldwide responsible for the production of roughly 7% of total global carbon dioxide emissions. The extent of its environmental impact relates to the energy embodied in extraction and transportation of concrete aggregates with a direct link to the amount of Portland cement (PC) used to bind the raw materials. Recent advances in design protocols, packing models, and geopolymers are increasingly being used to minimize concrete’s carbon footprint and to produce PC free mixes.
COVID-19 is an unprecedented public health emergency affecting every industry. As we wait to develop treatments and vaccines to protect individuals from COVID-19, we must develop strategies to protect workers in Canada’s vital industries. In the absence of any adaptation strategy, risk of infection will continue to threaten the health and safety of workers. This will cause wealth inequalities for Canada’s industries due to labor loss and place a severe strain on Canada’s health care system.