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Building Shutdown and Re-opening during the COVID-19 Pandemic

[Last Updated: Feb 11, 2021] During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it may be necessary to periodically close public buildings and facilities, followed by re-opening when safe again. Periods of low…
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Conversation series: From risk to resilience: A health equity approach to pandemic preparedness, response and recovery

National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH), Office of the Chief PHO of Canada This 5-part conversation series is anchored in findings from the chief public health officer (CPHO…
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COVID-19 and outdoor safety: Considerations for use of outdoor recreational spaces

[NOTE:a printer friendly version of this document is attached at the bottom] Introduction Outdoor recreational spaces make important contributions to social well-being as well as physical and…
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COVID-19 and Wildfire Smoke: A Potentially Bad Combination

Exposure to air pollution can irritate the lungs, cause inflammation, and alter immune function, making it more difficult to fight respiratory infections such as COVID-19. Wildfire smoke is a complex…
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COVID-19 in indoor environments — Air and surface disinfection measures

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the closure of workplaces, public facilities, retail and commercial spaces, entertainment venues, and other indoor spaces where groups of people congregate. As cities…
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COVID-19 Precautions for Multi-unit Residential Buildings

The transmission of COVID-19, which occurs primarily through close contact with an infected person, has made it necessary for large proportions of the world’s population to self-isolate in their…
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COVID-19 Precautions for Multi-unit Residential Buildings

Multi-unit residential buildings bring together tens to hundreds of people within the same building envelope and in contact with many of the same surfaces. Although we know that COVID-19 is primarily…
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COVID-19 Risks and Precautions for Choirs

Topics: COVID-19, Indoor Air
The COVID-19 pandemic has required a rethinking of how many of our daily tasks and routine activities influence risks of transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the disease. Early in…
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Environmental Health Resources for the COVID-19 Pandemic

The transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, occurs primarily via direct contact with or respiratory droplets from an infected person. However, there is evidence to suggest that…
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Environmental public health guidance for encampments during the COVID-19 pandemic

To prevent the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, public health guidance promotes physical distancing, staying home when ill, good hand hygiene and environmental…
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Environmental public health professionals can support health equity in the time of COVID-19

The world has changed dramatically in recent weeks. COVID-19 has disrupted economies, social interactions, and how (or whether) we do our jobs. Environmental public health (EPH) professionals are…
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Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Strategies for COVID-19

Topics: COVID-19, Indoor Air
What facility heating, ventilation, and air conditioning strategies are needed to prevent or mitigate the spread of COVID-19? Join the National Academies’ Federal Facilities Council on Wednesday,…
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Make our communities healthier with better air quality during and post-pandemic: CANUE

The abrupt change in our lives brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic is and will continue to affect us all deeply.  There are obvious changes of limited movement and social interaction with many…
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Masking during the COVID-19 pandemic

*/ /*-->*/ /*-->*/ [Updated: Oct 21, 2020] Introduction Extensive debate over when, where, and what types of masks should be worn, and by whom, has persisted during the COVID-19 pandemic with…
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NCCDH Conversation 3: Policy windows: Advancing health equity through COVID-19 recovery

Topics: COVID-19, Equity
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted deeply entrenched social and structural inequities that impact the health and well-being of communities across Canada. As outlined in the annual report of the…
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NCCID: Seasonal Influenza 2020-2021 Recommendations in the Context of COVID-19

Learn about this year’s recommendations for the prevention and treatment of seasonal influenza, the use of antivirals, the recommended vaccinations, and infection and prevention control measures to…
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Physical barriers for COVID-19 infection prevention and control in commercial settings

Maintaining a safe physical distance will be essential to virtually all social and economic activities carried out during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there are many instances or activities during…
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Reducing COVID-19 Transmission Through Cleaning and Disinfecting Household Surfaces

Background The primary mode of human-to-human transmission for SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for coronavirus disease (COVID-19), is via direct contact with an infected person and their…
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Reducing wood smoke and protecting indoor air quality is more important than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic

Topics: COVID-19, Indoor Air
Wintertime in Canada sees many of us spending more time indoors. Perhaps even more so this year due to COVID restrictions. Amidst the second waves of COVID-19, we are reminded of the effects the…
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Role of ventilation in influencing COVID-19 transmission risk

Topics: COVID-19, Indoor Air
As we return to indoor public spaces, and given the ongoing controversy over whether SARS-CoV-2 can be transmitted in aerosols, there has been intense interest around both the role of ventilation…
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