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Osler’s Infectious Disease Specialists, Dr. Mahin Baqi and Dr. Sergio Borgia

Four months later: What we know (and don’t know) about COVID-19

Posted on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 12:00 AM

It's been four months since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Four months since the world, and life as we knew it, was turned on its head.

The global spread of coronavirus has changed everything – the way we work, care for each other, socialize, even the way we speak. Phrases like 'flatten the curve', 'physical distancing', 'contact tracing', and 'social bubble', once used only among Infectious Disease specialists like us, are now part of everyday language.


Staff working the Etobicoke drive-thru assessment centre

Osler surpasses 100,000 COVID-19 tests completed across its sites

Posted on Monday, July 27, 2020 12:00 AM

Hospital has performed more COVID-19 tests than any other hospital in Ontario

William Osler Health System (Osler) is recognizing a significant milestone this week, marking the completion of 100,000 COVID-19 tests across its sites on Sunday, July 26.

Osler was one of the first hospitals in the province to open a COVID-19 Assessment Centre at the beginning of the pandemic, and it has since completed more tests than any other hospital in Ontario. The 100,000 figure represents tests completed at Osler’s...

Dr. Naveed Mohammad, President and CEO, William Osler Health System

Five reflections on my first 90 days as CEO

Posted on Thursday, July 23, 2020 12:00 AM

I recently completed my first 90 days as President and CEO of William Osler Health System. Transitioning into a new role always has its challenges, and doing so during a pandemic has certainly been a journey unlike any other I’ve experienced.

While the past three months have left little time to reflect, this milestone is an opportunity to consider all that has happened, what I’ve learned so far, and what lies ahead.

Here are five observations from my first 90 days:

1. The view is different from here.


On the left, a sunny field and on the right, Dr. Isabelle Imamedjian, an Emergency Medicine Physician at Osler

The top six reasons for summertime Emergency Department visits and how to avoid them

Posted on Monday, July 20, 2020 12:00 AM

From swimming to cycling, there’s a plethora of fun outdoor activities to do during the summer. But with any outdoor activity, injuries can occur so it’s important to know how to prevent them so you can get the most out of your summer. We spoke with Osler Emergency Medicine Physician, Dr. Isabelle Imamedjian, about the most common injuries and illnesses seen in the Emergency Department (ED) this time of year and how you can minimize the risk for yourself and your loved ones.

1. Heat illnesses


Ambassador Douglas Scott Proudfoot, Ambassador of Canada to South Sudan

Diplomat recovers from COVID-19 after ‘superb’ care at Etobicoke General

Posted on Friday, July 17, 2020 12:00 AM

As Ambassador of Canada to South Sudan, Douglas Scott Proudfoot has had his share of challenges. But none of them prepared him for a recent experience with COVID-19.

“I contracted COVID-19 while in Juba, South Sudan,” he explains, “although truthfully I’m not sure how. We were all working from home for the most part, with very few in-person meetings – but inevitably in diplomatic work you eventually come into contact with people.”

When he began to feel ill, his symptoms “escalated fairly quickly...