Life Unmasked

Life Unmasked

From lockdowns to renewed freedoms, how much has the COVID-19 pandemic messed everything up permanently? Life Unmasked looks ahead to the good times post-COVID but also dives into the things that will change forever. Most importantly – have we learned our lesson for next time?

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March 2, 2022 24 min

The majority of Ontario’s pandemic restrictions have now been lifted and it seems, as politicians and health experts have predicted, the population is starting to “learn to live with COVID-19.”

But what does that really mean? Is Canada, or even Ontario, truly in a position to go about life as normal? What does this mean for those who are immunocompromised? Does this mean the pandemic is over?

On this week’s episode of Life Unmasked...

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For those especially vulnerable to COVID-19, new antiviral and antibody treatments can make a real difference in alleviating the most severe symptoms associated with the disease.

Over the past year, multiple treatments for the novel coronavirus have been developed and approved for use—something experts have said is key to bringing this pandemic to an end.

In this week’s episode of Life Unmasked, the team speaks with Dr. Zain Chagla...

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February 16, 2022 35 min

Canadians have heard it from health officials and politicians alike—it's time to start living with COVID-19.

But what does this mean? Is the pandemic over, and if not, when will it be?

An "endemic" is described—in its most simple definition—as a time in which there is constant presence of a virus, but it's not actively spreading.

While health officials in Canada have started to hint the country is approaching endemi...

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At the height of the pandemic, doctors were told to shift their approach to virtual care, performing basic appointments over the phone or in a video call. There were glitches and delays—but two years later and many offices have incorporated the tool into their practices.

In this week’s episode of Life Unmasked, the team speaks with Dr. Adam Kassam, the president of the Ontario Medical Association, to find out how physicians were ab...

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In the summer of 2021, Ontario’s top doctor said the province could achieve herd immunity against COVID-19 when about 90 per cent of the eligible population was fully vaccinated.

More than six months later, about 89 per cent of residents over the age of 12 have received both doses of a vaccine—but with a new variant rapidly spreading through the population, does this matter?

On this week’s episode of Life Unmasked, the team asks a ...

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January 25, 2022 47 min

At the end of November 2021, the first case of the Omicron variant was identified in Canada. Since then, it has rapidly spread across the country—infecting tens of thousands of people per day in Ontario alone.

And yet, two months later, Canadians still have lots of questions when it comes to this new dominant strain of COVID-19.

On this week’s episode of Life Unmasked, the team brings in four experts to answer those questions and o...

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It was mid-December when some of Ontario’s top doctors publicly told reporters that COVID-19 is airborne.

For nearly two years public health officials in Canada have shied away from using that term to describe the transmissibility of the novel coronavirus, focusing instead on preventing the disease from spreading via droplets.

In Life Unmasked’s first episode of 2022, the team speaks with two experts to find out what it actually me...

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Just a month ago, most people in Ontario were under the impression they would be able to gather with their family and friends for the holidays without being too concerned about the risk of COVID-19 infection.

But the emergence of the new Omicron variant over the last few weeks has changed things, forcing families to choose who will be invited for dinner and who will not be.

But how do you navigate that conversation? Do you ask gues...

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In the first year of the pandemic, tens of thousands of people lost their jobs as some Ontario businesses were shuttered and others were slapped with strict capacity limits.

But in 2021 there was a shift. As businesses reopened again, there were some people who decided not to return to their old positions. Others decided to make a change after a year of working during the pandemic, choosing to enter a new career or field of work.

O...

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It seemed like people flocked to Ontario's parks, beaches and trails in the summer of 2020 and 2021.

Sites at campgrounds filled up months earlier than normal, while photographs of overcrowded beaches flooded social media. After months in lockdown and being told only to leave your home for essential reasons, friends and family appeared to take advantage of the fact that outdoor gatherings were allowed.

In this episode of Life U...

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Tens of thousands of people in Ontario alone have reported experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 weeks, sometimes months, after being diagnosed with the virus.

The symptoms can vary in severity and can include brain fog, anxiety, excessive fatigue, muscle pain, respiratory difficulties and chronic coughing—and for many, the road to recovery is long and frustrating.

In this week's episode of Life Unmasked, the team speaks with Dr. A...

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November 23, 2021 34 min

In this week's episode of Life Unmasked, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore talks about why the province saw so few severe cases of influenza last year, why that should not deter people from getting the flu shot and whether a 'twindemic' is a serious possibility for 2021-2022.

Dr. Susy Hota, medical director of infection prevention and control at the University Health Network, also joins the ...

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You asked. We answered.

While more than 85 per cent of eligible Ontarians aged 12 and up have rolled up their sleeves to get the COVID-19 vaccine, many still remain hesitant to get the shot—especially people who are pregnant or are trying to get pregnant amid the pandemic.

About 66 per cent of pregnant people in Ontario are considered fully vaccinated as of Oct. 31, according to data ICES COVID-19 dashboard. This is despite the fac...

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On this week’s episode of Life Unmasked, the team speaks with two journalists who stood on the sidelines of history, attending an Olympic Games without spectators and stringent COVID-19 protocols. First, CP24s Kayla-Marie Tracy talks about wrestling with whether or not to accept the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity while she was pregnant and what it was like covering her all-time favourite sport.

CTV News’ Joy Malbon then joins the t...

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For the first time, we're getting a really good idea of how much has changed when it comes to food insecurity thanks to the pandemic. People who never had to reach out for help prior to March 2020, suddenly found themselves as new clients at the Daily Bread Food Bank once lockdowns and economic devastation due to COVID-19 made its mark on Canada. There was a huge increase in demand at the Daily Bread during the pandemic, but it...

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It’s been a little more than a week since Canadians voted a Liberal minority government back into Parliament, marking an end to the country’s first—and hopefully only—pandemic-era election. With not much of a change in terms of representation in the House of Commons, what does this mean for the country’s COVID-19 action plan? What comes next in Canada’s fight against the virus?

In episode 13 of Life Unmasked, host Ashley Legassic s...

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Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccination certificate program went into effect this week, prohibiting those who are not fully vaccinated from accessing certain non-essential services such as indoor dining and gyms.

As the program rolls out, many businesses still have questions and concerns about how it will work. Will employees be expected to play the role of bouncer? What is enforcement going to be like? How long will this program be in plac...

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This week, we're sitting down with two experts who have become valued communicators during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Neuroscientist Samantha Yammine and Infectious Diseases Specialist Dr. Isaac Bogoch are here to answer all of your questions surrounding the COVID-19 vaccines.

From long-term health impacts to questions around fertility, we tackle the concerns you may have.

Next week, on Sept. 22, vaccines will be mandatory for Onta...

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In this week's episode, host Ashley Legassic sits down for a one-on-one with Toronto Mayor John Tory.

They dissect the pandemic-specific programs Toronto rolled out, like CafeTO and ActiveTO. What will be here to stay, and what will go? How does Toronto plan on getting back on its feet financially?

We dive into all of this and more.

To reach out to the Life Unmasked team you can email us at lifeunmasked@bellmedia.ca.

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Children haven’t physically been inside a classroom since mid-April when Ontario shuttered schools to in-person instruction as a result of rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

While many may be looking forward to a return to normalcy this year—there is a lot that parents and students need to be aware of before heading to school on that first day. What safety protocols are in place currently? What happens if there is a COVID-...

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