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The Critical Importance of Public Health – Canada’s Response

Raisa B. Deber, author of Treating Health Care and co-author of Case Studies in Canadian Health Policy and Management, Second Edition, writes on the blog about the critical importance of public health, in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak and she reflects on the way Canada’s health care system has been coping. We’ve also included an excerpt from Case Studies in Canadian Health Policy and Management, which looks at the Canadian response to the SARS outbreak in 2003.

How to Cope with Impossible Things (like COVID-19)

Robert Maunder and Jonathan Hunter both work at Mount Sinai Hospital and have first-hand experience of working in the midst of COVID-19. In this post, they give a first-hand account of what the current pandemic looks like from inside a hospital, and they let us in on a three-step process that can put the COVID-19 outbreak into perspective, and how we can all feel a little less overwhelmed.

Illness, Shortages, and Inflation: Going Shopping in Pandemic Times

Why did Canadians, like so many other people around the world, stock up on consumer goods as the COVID-19 crisis was developing? Donica Belisle, author of Purchasing Power: Women and the Rise of Canadian Consumer Culture, explores this question from a historical perspective, and explains why Canadians have used shopping before as a method to deal with anxiety.