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October 2020

High-humidity Environments and the Risk of COVID-19 Transmission

Shower, steam rooms and hot tubs represent an extreme environment in which the risk of COVID-19 transmission is unknown. This inquiry gathered information on how extreme temperature and humidity might affect COVID-19 transmission through their effects on droplet dynamics and virus viability in aerosols and on surfaces.

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Webinar: COVID-19 Risks and precautions for the performing arts

Rapid Review:
A rapid review of disinfectant chemical exposures and health effects during COVID-19 pandemic

This field inquiry highlights some of the acute and chronic health impacts of common disinfectants, and provides suggestions to balance potential health risks from exposure to disinfectants and the risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission via fomites.

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NCCEH Webinar:
Strategies for COVID-19 outbreak containment in a personal service setting: The KFL&A experience

Nov 10, 2020 | 12-1PM PDT
Between June 20 and July 3, 2020 a COVID-19 outbreak associated with a personal service setting was detected in Kingston, Ontario. This presentation reviews the mixed-methods analysis of the Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health's response to the outbreak.


October 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.

The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada: Call for expressions of interest to help operationalize Canada's new approach to assessing major projects

The Agency is seeking to support and leverage the work of stakeholders, such as research, environmental and policy-focused not-for-profit organizations, academic institutions and think tanks on the development of practical tools and approaches to assessing major projects under the Impact Assessment Act (the Act).

▶︎ Make a submission [Closes Nov 6, 2020]

The Canadian Water Network: Ethics and communications guidance for Canadian investigators (The COVID-19 Wastewater Coalition)

The COVID-19 Wastewater Coalition has developed ethics and communications guidance for measuring and reporting signals of SARS-CoV-2 in community wastewater across Canada.

▶︎ See guidance document

NCCHPP Webinar - Health in All Policies in times of COVID-19: What roles for the health sector moving forward?

October 29, 2020: 2-3:30pm ICT | November 10, 2020: 10-11:30am EST
The ultimate objective of this webinar series is to seek answers on how to make multi-sectoral collaboration sustainable, what are the enabling factors for multi-sectoral collaboration, how can they these factors be maintained when the COVID-19 situation improves and how can we apply multi-sectoral collaboration lessons from the COVID-19 response to future health crisis.

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NCCPH Knowledge Translation (KT) Student Award Winners Panel

The National Collaborating Centres for Public Health (NCCPH) are pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 NCCPH Knowledge Translation (KT) Student Award. This award recognizes the efforts of graduate students at Canadian universities studying public health and using knowledge translation in their research.

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Health Canada Consultations

Health Canada is currently consulting on several Guideline Technical Documents for recreational and drinking water and indoor air.

▶︎ Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) in drinking water. [Closes Nov 6, 2020]

▶︎ Cyanobacteria and their Toxins in Recreational Water. [Closes Nov 20, 2020]

KALAMITea - Kombucha alcohol levels affecting
mothers, infants and toddlers

[Webinar Recording]
Supplementary Powerpoint Available Here

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