Health – NOW Magazine Fri, 12 Feb 2021 21:36:27 +0000 Fri, 12 Feb 2021 21:36:27 +0000 en-US Julia Mastroianni Fewer contacts means less mental health support during COVID-19 Our reduced social circles are giving rise to codependency and fears we’re overburdening people with our lockdown stress

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Julia Mastroianni Toronto mask makers ready to adjust designs if rules change for COVID-19 variants Experts say three-layer masks remain effective as long as it fits tightly and is worn properly

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Norman Wilner Scientists hit social media to combat COVID conspiracy theories The Science Up First initiative aims to counter the spread of misinformation online with research and facts

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Julia Mastroianni Is COVID-19 transmission risk higher in cold winter weather? Overall outdoor risk is negligible unless it involves close and prolonged interaction, experts say

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Julia Mastroianni Shame and blame will not save you from COVID-19, experts say “The second you get that positive test, you’re now seen as a negligent human being”

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Julia Mastroianni What having COVID-19 is like: Two people talk diagnosis and recovery Two Ontarians explain how they caught COVID-19, how they handled symptoms and the lingering effects – physical and mental

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Julia Mastroianni How to navigate being alone for the holidays during COVID-19 While some people are opting to remain alone for the holidays due to COVID-19, breaking the news to family isn’t always easy

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Enzo DiMatteo Health care professionals okayed to use magic mushrooms for training in psilocybin therapy Psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and nurses are among 17 health care professionals granted the exemption by Health Canada this week

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Charlie Smith The pandemic is affecting your sleep in ways you might not expect Stress eating and staying at home 24/7 is continuing to impact our sleep routines

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Julia Mastroianni The best places to ice skate in Toronto this winter You’ll have to register before you hit any of the 54 outdoor ice rinks

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Glenn Sumi Toronto ravines and forest expert talks the walks Author Jason Ramsay-Brown discusses Toronto ravines, his favourite walk and what to see in nature during the winter

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NOW Staff iMD Health offers tips on how you can protect yourself this cold and flu season Sponsored feature: iMD Health

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Julia Mastroianni How COVID-19 forced people to deal with new living situations Moving in with a partner, relative or ex because of COVID-19 could lead to new relationship challenges

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Glenn Sumi Tips for throwing a great virtual office holiday party Just because there’s a pandemic doesn’t mean you can’t share gossip, drink and dance with your co-workers

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Julia Mastroianni Ontario’s lockdown advice for massage therapists is confusing Ontario’s top doctor has said massages aren’t allowed during lockdown – but the health ministry says otherwise

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Glenn Sumi Toronto doubles number of open winter park washrooms The City of Toronto is raising number of open public washrooms from 64 to 143 to help demand through winter

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Glenn Sumi Our readers’ favourite virtual fitness instructor is Jennifer Hicks Readers’ Choice 2020: Online classes blend dance, movement, martial arts, self-awareness, body positivity and fitness

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Glenn Sumi Pandemic walk: the Scarborough Bluffs Scarborough’s hidden gem provides fantastic views of the lake – plus it’s a hipster-free zone

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Glenn Sumi Cure pandemic fatigue by learning to fix up your home Rearranging your furniture, renovating or even adding a coat of paint could make your 24/7 home time more bearable

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Norman Wilner Get off social media and stop doomscrolling Journalist Karen K. Ho believes limiting your internet time could make you more hopeful and optimistic

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Glenn Sumi How to survive pandemic fatigue From getting offline to working out, here are some tips on surviving the difficult months ahead

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Kevin Ritchie Suffering from Zoom fatigue? Pick up the phone Your voice is more powerful than you think 

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Julia Mastroianni Canadians should be wearing three-layer masks: Tam Toronto designers react to the federal government’s new face mask guidelines

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Craig Takeuchi Virtual conference Summit 2020 tackles queer male health issues Panels and lectures will cover the impact of COVID-19, trans health, reconciliation, racism in healthcare, PrEP, sex work and more

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Glenn Sumi Pandemic walk: the Kay Gardner Beltline Trail Midtown trail close to public transit could be a good starting point for beginners

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NOW Staff Three essential vitamins that can help you get through flu season Sponsored content: Caforia

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Glenn Sumi Pandemic walk: the lower Humber River This west-end recreational trail is like a history and geography lesson rolled up into one

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Julia Mastroianni Indigenous-led COVID-19 testing centre opens in Toronto The new centre hopes to reach Indigenous people who don’t feel comfortable accessing the health-care system

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Julia Mastroianni A guide to COVID-19 testing and self-isolation Getting tested too soon after contact with a confirmed case can result in a false negative, experts say

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Radheyan Simonpillai How to celebrate Halloween safely during COVID-19 Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam has a few tips for trick-or-treating without bringing home a case of COVID-19

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