Mactalks: Outbreaks, vaccines & immunity: Inside long-term care with Andre Picard & Andrew Costa

Join Globe and Mail health columnist André Picard in conversation with McMaster University researchers Dawn Bowdish and Andrew Costa about the impact of COVID-19 and its implications for older Canadians.

Dr. Bowdish talks about saliva testing for COVID-19

The Bowdish and Brown labs have been working together to develop a saliva test that can be used to detect asymptomatic and presymptomatic infections. We call the study COVID-SPIT (COVID-Saliva Protocol Implementation Test) and here Dr. Bowdish describes the importance of asymptomatic testing and results and successes so far.

The Bowdish lab is not accepting undergraduate thesis or summer students for the 2021/22 academic year.

Due to COVID occupancy restrictions we cannot accept thesis students for the 2021/22 school year. We acknowledge how frustrating it is for undergraduates who want to participate in research; however, the team is too busy with COVID related projects to devote the time required for virtual projects. Best of luck to all those searching for positions.

How do you balance productivity & psychological safety in a lab? by Dr. Bowdish and others.

Cell Systems asks group leaders how they foster mutually reinforcing research productivity and psychological safety in their teams. Dr. Bowdish and others reflect on this question here…

SARS-CoV-2 & Back-To-School (Part 2). Ventilation & cleaning concerns

SARS-CoV-2 and Back-to-School Part 2: Transmission through air and surfaces

In Part 2 of this series we discuss the relative risk of infection through circulating air and on surfaces and some easy examples of how to break up air circulation patterns in schools.
Major points include:
1) Risks from circulating air versus surfaces
2) How masks, outside time (especially during meal time and when shouting/singing/playing music) and opening windows and doors can help reduce risk.
3) What to clean and when.
4) Beware of the break room! Occupational transmission often comes from colleagues – reduce the risk.

To download the slides, click here.