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Opinion The economic impact of COVID-19 in Canada: a health economist’s perspective

The Canadian population and all levels of its government are facing difficult times with the rapid spread of a novel coronavirus, COVID-19. This analysis demonstrates that the benefit of a short-term economic lockdown can outweigh the potential cost of massive contamination, especially if healthcare systems were to become overloaded.

Opinion Responding to COVID-19 with AI and machine learning

As a result of the the pandemic we face, life-and-death choices will be made and often, artificial intelligence and machine learning can be used to make objective and informed recommendations. This editorial explores the challenges faced by healthcare systems, and how AI and machine learning can improve decision-making.

Opinion The importance of diagnostic testing for COVID-19

As the coronavirus surges across the globe, diagnostic testing comes into its own, as researchers unite to confront, delay and stop its spread. In the absence of either proven effective therapy or a vaccine, diagnostic testing becomes a valuable tool.

Viral Pangolins: the missing link in coronavirus transmission?

There has been much contention regarding how the deadly COVID-19 pandemic originated. The first reported case of the disease was in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). The virus – SARS-CoV-2 – is believed to have been passed from animals to humans, but new data reveals pangolins could be linked to COVID-19 transmission.

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