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August 2020

Environmental public health guidance for encampments during COVID-19

When shelter in place is not an option, encampments may be temporarily necessary for those experiencing homelessness during the pandemic. This guidance document is a synthesis of available evidence on environmental health risks associated with these environments. Environmental health protection and planning related issues concerning operations on hygiene, cleaning, and physical distancing are summarized.

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Hand Sanitizer contamination prompts more recalls during COVID-19

Health Canada recalls more than 50 hand sanitizers in August 2020. This blog provides additional information about the recent recalls so that consumers can check which products they need to avoid.

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COVID-19 Risks and Precautions for Choirs

This brief evidence review provides an overview of the key risks associated with singing in groups and the suite of precautions that can be considered to minimize these risks. This document will be updated as further evidence emerges.

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Latest COVID-19 Resources [updated]

August 2020 Environmental Health & COVID-19 Scan

This monthly Research Scan highlights recent environmental health publications by topic and provides easy access to article abstracts and report summaries to support public health professionals, researchers, planners, students, and others working in public health.

COVID-19 publications are included, providing readers with up-to-date emerging topics and information.

Focus areas include: air quality, drinking water, climate change, built environment, food, virus transmission, survival, health policy, children’s and senior’s environmental health, and more.

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Public Health 2020:
Call for Submissions

The Steering Committee for Public Health 2020 invites late-breaking submissions on the COVID-19 pandemic to be presented in the virtual program from October 14-16!

▶️ Submit your proposal by 23:59 EDT on Monday 31 August.

Select COVID-19 publications in the Canadian Journal of Public Health are now FREE

Select COVID-19 publications in the Canadian Journal of Public Health are now freely available during this pandemic through a partnership with the Canadian Public Health Association and Springer Nature.

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COVID-19 Rapid Evidence Reviews

The National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools is collecting research questions for rapid evidence syntheses related to COVID-19 currently in progress. If you or your organization are doing a rapid review related to the COVID-19 response, please share the topic and your contact information.

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BCCDC Guidance for community cooling centres in the context of

Extreme hot weather can pose a serious and immediate health threat. Risk of illness due hot weather is much higher than risk of illness due to COVID-19 when community transmission is low. This guidance document is intended to help municipalities establish and run emergency community cooling centres during the COVID-19 pandemic. It may also be a useful resource for other types of operators, including community-based organizations and housing.

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CIHR Pre-announcement:
Indigenous Peoples and COVID-19 Knowledge Synthesis, Evaluation and Assessment Grants Rapid Research Funding Opportunity

This funding opportunity will provide research funding for Indigenous communities (i.e., First Nations, Inuit, Métis and/or Urban Indigenous communities), Indigenous organizations and researchers of Indigenous ancestry (or researchers who provide evidence of having meaningful and culturally safe involvement with Indigenous Peoples) in Canada who are responding to the unique health and well-being needs of Indigenous Peoples as they relate to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Healthy Cities Research Initiative (HCRI) Data Analysis Grants

The Healthy Cities Research Initiative (HCRI) is partnering with Statistics Canada and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) to support the use of existing survey, administrative and linked datasets held by either agency to further research and develop indicators related to HCRI through this priority announcement funding opportunity.

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Kombucha with a Kick : Ethanol Content in Retail Brews

Kombucha teas, whether produced commercially or at home, can be safely enjoyed by most adults. However, due to the presence of a living culture, kombucha teas may contain varying levels of alcohol. This blog examines elevated alcohol content in kombucha and recommendations for safer production.

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