Posts Categorized: COVID-19

News Item – Contact tracing as a strategy to combat spread of COVID-19

Libby Znaimer is joined by Dr. Susy Hota, Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control at the University Health Network, Dr. Ray Deonandan, Epidemiologist and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa, and Dr. Dionne Aleman, an industrial engineering professor and CHE affiliate at the University of Toronto and an expert in contact tracing.

Full recording at: Zoomer Radio


News Item – Expert in contact tracing blames provincial leadership, not health units, for shortfalls

But Dionne Aleman, an industrial engineering professor at the University of Toronto and an expert in contact tracing, was critical of the provincial government.

“This is a failing of our provincial leadership and funding priorities, not a failing of our public health units,” she said, adding many were left under-staffed following “deep cuts” last year.

Full article at: Barrie Today (October 14: MSN News, Toronto Star)

  • Lack of funding led to contact-tracing shortfalls, say experts (October 14: Collingwood Today)
  • Local contact-tracing issues traced to ‘failing of provincial leadership’ (October 14: Orillia Matters)
  • ‘Without good contact tracing, there will be more unchecked spread of the virus,’ says doctor (October 14: Bradford Today, Innisfil Today; October 15: Midland Today)

News Item – Expert suggests skipping holidays this year as COVID-19 looms over Thanksgiving dinner

Dionne Aleman, associate professor of industrial engineering, CHE affiliate and pandemic growth expert at the University of Toronto, recommends Canadians skip holiday dinners altogether this year.

“B.C., Ontario, Quebec. We’re all in a very severe second wave. Certainly looking like it’s going to be worse than the first wave. We all need to take all the precautions we can to prevent things from getting worse. To hopefully try to stave off trying to return to a full lockdown,” she said.

Full article at: City News 1130 (October 10: 660 City News, Montreal City News, Winnipeg City News)


News Item – Hundreds of federal staff now helping provinces do contact tracing

“If you can understand where everybody became infected, that’s a tremendously valuable piece of information that can help stop the spread of disease,” said Dionne Aleman, associate professor of industrial engineering and CHE affiliate at the University of Toronto and an expert in contact tracing.

Full article at: iPolitics


News Item – Confusion around the second COVID-19 wave

Fight back with Libby Znaimer: Jane Brown is filling in for Libby Znaimer today. She is joined by Dr. Barry Pakes, a professor at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and Dr. Dionne Aleman, a professor at the University of Toronto and an expert on pandemic modelling.

Full broadcast: Zoomer Radio (October 1: Listen Notes, Stitcher)


News Item – Toronto officials push province for new restrictions as rate of new COVID-19 infections soars to highest ever

Dionne Aleman, assistant professor of engineering and CHE affiliate at the University of Toronto, a specialist in pandemic growth, is concerned that public health officials are unable to identify the source of a significant number of new infections.

Full article at: Toronto Star (October 1: Cambridge TimesDaily Echoed, Inside Halton, Toronto.com, YorkRegion.com; October 2: FR24 News, New Hamburg Independent)


News Item – Stuck in lockdown limbo? Here’s what to expect in the second wave

Not since mid-April has the province seen daily case numbers anywhere near what they are now. Non-essential businesses had been ordered closed, schools and outdoor amenities such as playgrounds, sports fields and picnic areas had been shuttered. Ontario was, in effect, at the beginning of what would prove to be a months-long lockdown.

Confused about the stark contrast? If so, that’s “perfectly understandable,” said Dionne Aleman, a University of Toronto professor, CHE affiliate and expert in pandemic modelling. And, it can lead to confusion about how serious the second wave is.

Full article at: Toronto Star (September 30: St. Catharines Standard, Toronto.com)


News Item – A little engineering, a lot of customer service: What it will take to fix COVID-19 test lineups

Michael Carter, an industrial and systems engineer who specializes in making health-care delivery run smoothly, has been advising on COVID-19 testing. He is also a professor of industrial engineering and CHE affiliate at the University of Toronto.

Full article at: CBC News (September 27: Atin Ito, CarihargaterFR24 News Queens Citizen, WorldNews.net, Yahoo! News)

  • Professor Michael Carter featured in CBC News article on COVID-19 testing efficiency (September 28: U of T MIE News)

News Item – Canada’s death toll could hit 16,000 by the end of 2020, new modelling warns

Dionne Aleman, an associate professor and CHE affiliate at the University of Toronto who specializes in mathematical models for pandemic prediction, said the IHME model is “simplistic” and does not account for regional differences across the country.

Full article at: CTV News (September 26: iHeart Radio 100.3, iHeart Radio CFAX, iHeart Radio Pure Country, KnowlediaNews AKMI, Newscaf, RokzFast, Traptown News MediaUnfold Times, WorldNews.net, WorldNewsEra)

  • 新模型警告:加拿大的死亡人数年底可能达到16,000人 市中心三家餐馆被勒令关闭 {New model warns: The death toll in Canada may reach 16,000 by the end of the year} (Chinese News Group, September 26)
  • 按照目前的疫情 到年底加拿大可能要死这么多人 {According to a current epidemic model, many more people may die in Canada by the end of the year} (September 27: 51.ca6 Park News, Cbeiji.com, Chinese Real Estate Weeklyiask.ca, LondonChinese.ca, SinoQuebec Media; September 28: CFC News)
  • 今年年底 加拿大可能有1.6万人将死于新冠 {By the end of this year, 16,000 people in Canada may die from the new coronavirus} (September 27: BCbay.com)
  • 最新模型预测:加拿大今年底新冠死亡16000人 {The latest model predicts: 16,000 deaths from the new coronavirus in Canada at the end of this year} (September 27: YorkBBS.ca; September 28: Have8.tv)
  • 告急!加拿大今年可能要有1.6万人死于新冠病毒! {Urgent! There may be 16,000 deaths from the new coronavirus in Canada this year!} (September 27: CareerEngine.us)
  • 单日新增破纪录!加拿大第二波疫情或有7000人死亡 {New record for a single day! Canada’s second wave may cause 7,000 deaths} (Lahoo.ca, September 28; TW Great Daily, September 29)
  • 美国专家预测:加国明年1月前超16,000人染疫亡 {U.S. experts predict: Over 16,000 people will die in Canada by January next year} (September 28: Epoch Times)

News Item – Community spread’ is driving Ontario’s second wave — here’s why that leaves more questions than answers

This is a problem because when large numbers of cases start appearing from unknown origins, it makes stopping a second wave much more difficult, said Dionne Aleman, an expert in pandemic modelling and an industrial engineering professor and CHE affiliate at the University of Toronto.

Full article at: Toronto Star (September 23: elmoudjaweb, Northumberland News, St. Catharines Standard, Toronto.com)

  • La propagación comunitaria está impulsando la segunda ola de COVID-19 en Ontario (September 24: Q’Pasa)

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