From our newest understanding of Omicron symptoms to the best masks for kids heading back to school, Unity Health Toronto experts offered insights this week into our rapidly changing world. Here are our top media hits for the week of January 8-14, 2022.

COVID death toll in India likely far higher than official record, research says
NBC News on January 7, 2022
Feature of research led by Dr. Prabhat Jha

New research led by Dr. Prabhat Jha, director of the Centre for Global Health Research at St. Michael’s Hospital, estimates roughly 3 million COVID deaths in India were unaccounted for during the first and second waves.

Omicron may be headed for a rapid drop in Britain, US
The Associated Press on January 11, 2022
Interview with Dr. Prabhat Jha

As some scientists predict a rapid drop in the Omicron wave, Dr. Prabhat Jha tells The Associated Press that the sheer number of infections could still overwhelm fragile health systems in the next few weeks.

A new, virtual ER trip is now at your fingertips
Toronto Sun on January 12, 2022
Feature of Virtual ED; Interview with Dr. Alun Ackery

Dr. Alun Ackery, deputy head of the St. Michael’s Hospital emergency department (ED), speaks to the Toronto Sun about the new unified virtual ED, a partnership between Unity Health, Sunnybrook and UHN.

Peel Region sees below-average child vaccination rates amid Omicron surge
Toronto Star on January 12, 2022
Interview with Dr. Ripudaman Minhas

Dr. Ripudaman Minhas, pediatrician at St. Michael’s Hospital and creator of Punjabi Kids’ Health, speaks to the Toronto Star about the below-average child COVID vaccination rate in Peel Region and some of the common questions and concerns he hears from parents.

Also on OMNI TV Punjabi and Global News Radio

Can’t get an N95 for kids? How to mask your children for Ontario’s return to school
Toronto Star on January 13, 2022
Interview with Dr. Anne Wormsbecker

Dr. Anne Wormsbecker, Unity Health Toronto pediatrician, speaks with the Toronto Star about the best masks to protect kids against COVID-19.

You have symptoms — now what? Your COVID-19 questions answered
CBC News on January 7, 2022
Interview with Dr. Fahad Razak

With access to testing restricted, it’s challenging to be certain if symptoms are definitely COVID-19. Dr. Fahad Razak, internist at Unity Health Toronto, explains to CBC News what classic symptoms tend to be reported with the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

Also on CBC Radio Windsor