Saskatchewan Snapshot

The latest in COVID-19 Research

Monday November 16, 10:45 - 12:00
Moderator: Dr. Elan Paluck

Translating Knowledge for Child Welfare Organizations Across the Prairies: Managing the Impacts of COVID-19 on the Mental Health of Children, Families, and Workers.

Dr. Lise Milne (Co-Principal Investigator),  Dr. Nathalie Reid (Co-Principal Investigator), Chantelle Priel (Research Assistant), Susan Prado (Program Manager), Rayna Fisher (Researcher Assistant), Rashique Ramiz (Co-op communications students)

Project Background: COVID-19 has had deleterious impacts on children and families involved with child welfare, such as increased separation, isolation, maltreatment, mental and physical health problems, and substance use, alongside reduced access to health, social and educational supports. The aim of our research was to translate and mobilize critical information for Prairie child welfare organizations, who have pivoted rapidly to respond to increasing demands and case complexity. We hypothesized that our research would mitigate the potential impacts of COVID-19 by providing synthesized, current, accessible information through various means to inform services that ensure the safety and well-being of children and families.

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Patient and Provider Perspectives and Satisfaction of Virtual Care in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Mars Zhao (student researcher), Hisham Elshoni (student researcher), Jonathan Gamble (Principal Investigator) Jennifer O'Brien (Research Assistant), Heather Dyck (Patient Partner)

Project Background: Virtual Care has been employed as a solution for accessing healthcare while maintaining social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Previous research suggests that Virtual Care leads to good patient outcomes; however, patient and provider satisfaction is not well described. This project aims to assess and identify patient and provider engagement, satisfaction, perceptions, and attitudes to Virtual Care, in addition to exploring solutions, and informing methods to improve Virtual Care which can be implemented during and post COVID-19. We hypothesize that Virtual Care is overall well accepted by both patients and providers with both intending to utilize it post COVID-19. 

Evaluating the use of media on perceptions and behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic

Belma Kamencic, Jeremiah Acharibasam, Chris Ripplinger, Dr. Marcel D'Eon,
Dr. Kalyani Premkumar

Project Background: Preliminary evidence suggests that  anxiety, depression, and stress are  common reactions to the COVID-19  pandemic. Compared to previous pandemics, such as SARS or H1N1, the availability and use of media, including social media, is much higher. Understanding the relationship between anxiety, media use, and protective behaviour during this pandemic has important implications for the mental health and safety of our population.  The objective was to  investigate how residents of Saskatchewan, Canada use media during the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on feelings of anxiety and engagement in recommended health practices.


Epidemiology of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan

Maureen Anderson, Julie Kryzanowski, Jessica Minion, N. Ndubuka, I. Khan 

Project Background: The COVID-19 pandemic has had significant impact on the lives of individuals around the world. Global research efforts into COVID-19 have increased our understanding of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the disease it causes; however, there is still much that remains unknown. The degree to which asymptomatic carriage has a role in disease transmission, the symptomology of the illness, relative importance of different modes of transmission, and risks of different exposure settings are all areas urgently requiring additional evidence to enhance our understanding of the epidemiology of COVID-19 to inform control efforts. To date, over 1500 laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 have occurred in Saskatchewan including localized outbreaks, sporadic community cases, and ongoing chains of transmission. 


Social contours and COVID-19: Behavioural, perceptual, social, and place dimensions of
COVID-19 in Saskatchewan during the re-open phases following the lockdown

Dr. Nazeem Muhajarine (Principal Investigator)

Project Background: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, governments around the world have issued strict public health directives. Accordingly, citizens have changed their behaviours and modified their daily activities-drastically, in many cases-and in doing so have successfully 'flattened the curve.' However, as we move into the first winter season following the detection of the SARS-CoV-2 virsu in Saskatchewan, we continue the 'dance' of balancing daily activities with containment of outbreaks. To dance gracefully, then, we need a more focused, flexible and evidence-based approach than the 'hammer' used in the lockdown phase. The overall aim is to demonstrate a data-driven approach to guiding and supporting the reintegration and reopening process at the 'stable' phase of the COVID-19 outbreak in Saskatchewan.