COVID-19 Related Learning

Additional Learning Opportunities

Misinformation in a Time of COVID-19

Presenter: Dr. Yves Longtin
In this video, review the concepts of misinformation, disinformation, and deception as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic. The presenter will explore strategies to address misinformation with patients and colleagues and help you apply these concepts to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Community-Based Aerosol Transmission of COVID-19 and HVAC Systems

Presenters: Mr. K. William (Bill) Dean, Vice-President, ASHRAE, Inc; Dr. David Fisman, Professor, Division of Epidemiology, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto; Dr. Jason Kindrachuk, Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, University of Manitoba
The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which causes COVID-19, spreads when an infected person breathes out, sneezes, coughs, or talks, thus putting virus-carrying liquid particles into the air where they can infect other people. Some infectious diseases — such as measles, tuberculosis, and influenza — are known to spread through heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, raising concern that the same may be true of COVID-19. In this webinar, a panel of experts will outline what is known about how COVID-19 is transmitted and discuss what the latest research shows about the potential role HVAC systems play in spreading or mitigating the risk of transmitting COVID-19.

Part 1 of 2: Issues and Research Opportunities

Geriatric Oral Health and COVID-19: Old Problems, New Challenges

Speakers: Leonardo Marchini, DDS MSD, PhD, Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FFAN and Bei Wu, PhD
Moderator: Stephen K. Shuman, DDS, MS
Older adults have faced problems with access and affordability of essential oral health care for years. The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened this already bad situation as well as created new problems. In this presentation, panelists engage participants on how the interprofessional healthcare team can help older adults and care partners address geriatric oral health issues in the community and long-term care facilities. Additional research opportunities that may emerge post COVID-19 and real-world innovations for improving oral health care for older adults are also explored.

Part 2 of 2: Case Studies

Geriatric Oral Health and COVID-19: Old Problems, New Challenges

Speakers: Jeffrey E. Dodge, DDS, Michael J. Helegson, DDS and Samuel Zwetchkenbaum, DDS, MPH
Moderator: Stephen K. Shuman, DDS, MS
In this presentation, panelists expand on information provided in part 1 and review case studies of real-world experiences in geriatric oral healthcare since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Podcast: Understanding Pandemic Science

Speaker: Vivek Goel, University of Toronto Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
COVID-19 is being studied like no other disease in history, with hundreds of new research papers published every day and the resulting headlines can lead to confusion. In this episode of his podcast on the pandemic, a renowned public health expert and founding head of Public Health Ontario, talks about the importance of recognizing that science is neither linear nor simple, and that a single piece of research should not automatically lead to new policies been drafted.

Access to Dental Care in Canada in the Era of COVID-19

Presenters: Dr. Paul Allison and Dr. Carlos Quiñonez
In this video, the important subject of access to dental care in Canada in the era of COVID-19 is explored by public health specialists. It was originally broadcast live on September 22, 2020.

Surviving the COVID-19 Pandemic: Can You Trust Dr. Google?

Presenters: Dr. Nicole Mittmann, Chief Scientist and Vice-President of Evidence Standards, CADTH Timothy Caulfield, Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, Professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health, and Research Director of the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta Barbara Greenwood Dufour, Knowledge Mobilization Officer, CADTH
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the world is fighting the COVID-19 pandemic on two fronts – the disease and a related “infodemic” that is just as dangerous. An infodemic is an overwhelming flood of information, misinformation, rumours, and outright scams that make it hard to know what to trust. Misinformation such as false preventive measures hurt public health efforts to control the illness and put peoples’ lives in danger. Learn about the work underway to curtail the spread of misinformation and get practical tips and tools to help find reliable sources of health information and evaluate its quality.

CDHO Question and Answer Session on IPAC

Presenter: Dr. Kevin Katz is an Infectious Disease specialist, Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) at North York General Hospital, Head of Microbiology at Sunnybrook
Dr. Katz participates in this question and answer session with Lisa Taylor, CDHO Registrar, and CDHO council members. He discusses the epidemiology of Covid-19, and shares his thoughts on mask selection, gowns, closed operatories, screening practices and methods to mitigate exposure to the virus when returning to work.

Does the Evidence Support the Hype? COVID-19 and Antiviral Treatments

Presenters: Dr. Gordon H. Guyatt, McMaster University and Dr. Tarry Ahuja CADTH
The magnitude of the COVID-19 pandemic globally is generating considerable interest in options to prevent infection and minimize the impact if infection occurs. Pre-exposure prophylaxis and post-exposure treatment with a group of drugs called antivirals, sometimes in combination with an antibiotic, have been the subject of public debate and, at times, significant media reporting. This video reviews the evidence on two specific antiviral treatments that have been widely discussed — hydroxychloroquine (with or without the antibiotic azithromycin) and remdesivir. You’ll also learn about the clinical trials underway on the use of antivirals in preventing and treating COVID-19.

COVID-19: Employment Q&A

Presenter: Stuart Rudner, Employment Lawyer and Mediator, Rudner Law
This video answers your pressing questions about returning to work. As a supplement, please read through our corresponding Returning to Work Employment FAQs (May 2020).

Clearing the Air: Managing Aerosols in Dentistry during COVID-19

Presenters: Dr. Howard Tenenbaum, Dentist-in-Chief, Sinai Health System and Dr. Michael Glogauer, Chief of Dentistry, University Health Network (UNH)
In this video, learn about aerosol management in dentistry during COVID-19. Recently, the word "aerosol" has become a buzzword, almost larger than life. Presenters discuss the dynamics of aerosols generated in the dental office, review mechanisms to mitigate risk to the dental team, and examine research regarding the aerosolization of COVID-19.

COVID-19: Considerations for Financial Management, Wellbeing and Delivering Services as a Healthcare Professional during the Pandemic

Presenters: Dr. Karen Cohen, CEO, Canadian Psychological Association; Fred Phelps, ED, Canadian Association of Social Workers; Todd Burke, Senior Partner, Gowling WLG; Larry Hasson, CPA, Director, McIntyre & Associates; Stephen Roster, CFA, Senior Wealth Advisor and Associate Portfolio Manager, Scotia Wealth Management
During this expert panel discussion, learn about considerations for healthcare professionals when returning to practice. Presenters answer your pressing questions about BMS liability programs in relation to financial management, health and wellbeing, telehealth, financial management and government assistance eligibility.

Protecting the Health of our Seniors During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Presenters: Dr. Joanie Sims-Gould, UBC Faculty of Medicine; Dr. Roger Wong, UBC Division of Geriatric Medicine, and Dr. Chris Wyatt, UBC Geriatric Dentistry Program
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, seniors have been identified as one of the groups most vulnerable to the virus. In response, special care has been taken to protect them from potential infection. Society-wide measures, including widespread physical distancing and instituting “seniors’ hours” in grocery stores, have been designed, in large part, to protect our elders. In long-term care facilities, a number of which have experienced outbreaks, policies have been implemented limiting contact between residents and staff as well as restricting outside visitors. Still, there are many who question whether we are doing enough to protect our seniors. Others speculate about what effects this isolation and disruption of routines is having on the overall physical and mental health of our seniors. Hear from UBC experts as they address these issues and answer viewer questions.

Infectious Questions: What healthcare professionals need to know about 2019-nCoV and COVID-19

To support public health knowledge translation during the current outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus, the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease (NCCID) has released a Q & A podcast series for public health professionals and health care practitioners in Canada. Topics include Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Canada resources, testing for COVID-19, and more.

Tests and Testing for COVID-19

Presenter: Michael Glick, School of Dental Medicine, University of Buffalo
Testing has become an important topic during the COVID-19 pandemic and we should all be informed about the pros and cons of available tests, their utility, when it is important to institute testing and why. This presentation will provide background information about available tests, how to interpret tests results, and addresses questions we need to ask before embarking on testing patients.

Dentistry in the Time of COVID-19: A Webcast with McGill Experts

Presenters: Dr. Michel El-Hakim, Dr. Bassel Kano and Wendy Somerville, McGill University
How can dental professionals deal and recover from the effective of COVID-19? Beyond the immediate consequences, what infection control measures will be necessary in the future for dental professionals to master? This special webcast is hosted by the Faculty of Dentistry and three of McGill’s leading experts in oral medicine and infection control management. They will tackle your most pressing questions about the dental profession during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Coverage Questions & Legal Considerations

Presenter: Andrew McKenna, Partner, GOWLING WLG
This video responds to questions about professional liability and legal considerations as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak and the continuing evolution of the pandemic.

COVID-19 Insurance Coverage Overview

Presenter: Brian Gomes, President and CEO, BMS Canada Risk Services
This video highlights information about policies purchased by CDHA members including business interruption, commercial general liability and professional liability, and its applicability to the current situation.

COVID-19 An Update for Oral Health Care Professionals

Presenter: Michael Glick, School of Dental Medicine, University of Buffalo
This video highlights information about basic epidemiological concepts and provides links to additional resources for oral health care professionals.

Disclaimer: Information presented is current to the date of recording and may not coincide with newly emerging COVID-19 research evidence following initial release. COVID-19 related learning is subject to change and should be critically appraised for its validity, reliability, and currency.