Sharon Kirkey, SudburyStar

Sharon Kirkey


Toronto, ON, Canada

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Recent articles by Sharon:

'This is NOT a blip': COVID-19 cases are accelerating in Canada. Should we be worried?

While cases are rising, there hasn’t been a proportionate increase in deaths. But deaths shouldn’t be the only metric when considering the impact of the pandemic → Read More

The 'Atlantic bubble' has held off COVID-19, but is it worth the cost to civil liberties?

Soon after COVID-19 arrived on its shores, the four Atlantic provinces moved to wall themselves in → Read More

As we enter The Great Unknown, the second wave of COVID-19, is Canada better prepared than we were before?

Other countries — Italy, Brazil, Russia and others — are grappling with resurgences. Take the pressure off the virus, the WHO said, and it will boomerang back → Read More

Health care workers prepare for possible 'twindemic' this fall — a double whammy of COVID-19 and flu

Some have called the prospect of duelling epidemics a Dickensian disaster. Others are taking comfort in the Southern Hemisphere’s freakishly mild flu season → Read More

Home COVID-19 tests could help find people while they are contagious, experts say. Health Canada isn't convinced

The health agency worries that, 'without the guidance of a health-care professional,' people would use the home test kit improperly or 'misinterpret the results' → Read More

Bigger class could mean up to five times the COVID-19 infections, Canadian study suggests

Policy makers planning for elementary school class sizes of 30 kids or more 'need to immediately reconfigure their school opening plans' → Read More

Should random COVID-19 tests for kids and teachers be part of our back-to-school plans?

Many people would have to be tested to find a positive, and the test itself is uncomfortable, even painful to children → Read More

'It is like sitting on a cliff': September, schools, and pre-traumatic stress disorder in COVID times

It’s little surprise our dreams are more vivid, more epic, more wild than usual. Any big, dramatic event tends to stir up dreams, but negative ones dial up anxiety dreaming → Read More

COVID-19 and school kids: 'There will be transmission' experts say. But how sick will they get?

It’s still not clear that children truly acquire COVID-19 less often than adults. With schools and parks closed, children haven’t had many opportunities to become infected → Read More

Back to school: About a dozen countries have returned kids to classrooms. What Canada can learn from them

As provinces scramble to bring students back to something resembling 'near-normal' learning, there are lessons to be learned from what went well — and not so well → Read More

'This stuff is real': COVID-19 symptoms can linger for months, long haulers say

For long haulers, there appears plenty to complain about. And they’re wondering, when will it end? → Read More

In Canada, the cases of COVID-19 and deaths are declining. Here's the story behind the numbers

As new infections tear across the southern and western United States, the virus is largely under control in Canada → Read More

The EU has opened its doors to Canadian travellers. Should you go?

'People are going to have to make their own risk assessment to determine if this is worth it for them or their family, or not." — infectious diseases specialist Isaac Bogoch → Read More

'It's still right here with us': Canadian experts nervously watching COVID-19 surge in U.S.

High rates of disease in the U.S. could potentially influence the epidemic in Canada, says University of Toronto epidemiologist David Fisman. → Read More

'Now is not a good time': Why COVID-19 and lockdown anxiety could be leading to lower birth rates

Some American economists are forecasting a coming COVID-19 ‘baby bust’ that could see up to half a million fewer children born in the U.S. alone next year → Read More

'This is going to produce cognitive deficits': Famed neuroscientist Adrian Owen launches COVID-19 brain study

So far little work has been done on COVID-19’s potential impact on the brain. People were too focused on saving lives. → Read More

'Optimism tinged with anxiety': What to expect from the next 100 days of COVID-19, according to experts

'What’s keeping you awake at night?' That's the question we put to doctors, scientists, philosophers, psychologists, futurists, microbiologists and bioethicists → Read More

The COVID-19 coronavirus is changing. What's not clear is what it means

'I am not saying it’s gone away — the message isn’t to declare victory or say that we have this beaten. But it’s fair to say that the experience with the virus is changing' → Read More

Canada could be last country to cling to two-metre physical distancing rule

'You can’t have a situation where I’m walking down Sainte-Catherine’s street and some people think it’s two metres and some think it’s one. It’s going to be chaotic' → Read More

Face masks, goggles, shields and visors: Experts weigh in on the best COVID-19 protection

They may look dorky, but goggles have been shown to reduce transmission of infectious diseases, including SARS → Read More