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U of G Modelling Predicts COVID-19 Resurgence If Physical Distancing Relaxed

If physical distancing measures in Ontario are relaxed too much or too quickly, the province could see hospitals overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients as well as exponential growth in deaths, concludes new research involving a University of Guelph infectious disease modeller. The findings, contained in a research letter published in Annals of Internal Medicine, suggest that …

U of G Project to Predict Future COVID-19 Impacts on Canada’s Health-Care System

Predicting COVID-19 impacts on Canada’s health-care system as provinces tackle restarting economies without spurring a resurgence of coronavirus cases is the goal of a federally funded artificial intelligence (AI) project launching at the University of Guelph. From gauging needs for ventilators and other hospital equipment to predicting any likely new wave of coronavirus cases, the project aims to help decision-makers in …

U of G Prof Pens Book on Pandemics

From COVID-19 to Ebola to West Nile virus, how diseases jump from animals to people is the topic of a new book being released this spring by a University of Guelph epidemiologist. In On Pandemics: Deadly Diseases from Bubonic Plague to Coronavirus, professor emeritus David Waltner-Toews discusses human health threats posed by various zoonotic diseases and how a “one health” approach might help prevent future …

Study Proves U of G’s DNA Metabarcoding Effective for Monitoring Biodiversity

University of Guelph-developed DNA metabarcoding technology has been found to be more effective at monitoring biodiversity of ecosystems than traditional methods.  The science has been used in a study of the Peace-Athabasca Delta in northern Alberta, a vast ecosystem threatened by environmental pollutants from mining and hydroelectric projects. One of the greatest challenges faced by …

U of G’s Virtual Well-Being Project Attracts Followers Worldwide

Rosa Esmaeilbeigi is channelling her inner Jackson Pollock. Jane Dawkins got herself a new bike. And Prof. Andria Jones-Bitton is assembling jigsaw puzzles and keeping up with her book club. From exploring hobbies to keeping active to staying mentally relaxed but engaged, ideas for boosting people’s well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic through a University of Guelph virtual project …

U of G Research Behind Surface Coating That Kills COVID-19 Virus

A surface coating that kills viruses upon contact, like the COVID-19-causing coronavirus, and that lasts for weeks is based on innovation developed by the University of Guelph and Guelph-based company EnvisionSQ. This self-sterilizing nano-coating, called NanoCleanSQ, is among the latest Canadian technologies to receive funding from the government’s Next Generation Manufacturing Canada program. The program …

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U of G Students Working on Front Lines of COVID-19 Outbreak

During the early stages of the COVID-19 prevention measures, amid completing classes and preparing for final exams, University of Guelph student Erik Campbell-Anton felt compelled to serve on the front lines of the pandemic.   He took a job at Caressant Care, an assisted living home in St. Thomas, Ont., working alongside his grandmother and two aunts who are staff members there. He wanted to …