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Interrobang articles on the topic of COVID-19


Students with eating disorders face additional struggles in COVID-19
In a world of mounting social isolation and constant media consumption, people are face-to-face with their bodies more now than ever before. Read this article
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How the Canadian healthcare system is prioritizing for the vaccine rollout
After being in a pandemic for over a year, the seriousness of this virus has become evident and a daily worry in everyone's lives. However, those who are more susceptible to the virus and live in vulnerable communities are most at risk for the consequences of COVID-19. Read this article

Income inequality and working from home
Working from home comes with a myriad of privileges by eliminating spending on commuting, giving workers more freedom to take breaks and make meals, and making it possible to wear sweatpants for every shift. But not everyone has been afforded these privileges. Read this article

We're all mad here: It's time to forgive magical thinking
Opinion: We're all prone to unusual ways of thinking while under emotional stress. Read this article

Linda Hasenfratz is not my chancellor — and she shouldn't be Western's either
Western University's chancellor, Linda Hasenfratz, will keep her position after travelling to Barbados over the winter holidays, violating provincial travel recommendations and university guidelines. Read this article
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Many international students have spent months alone in residence
Many international students have spent over six months in Western residences, away from their families since first arriving in August. Read this article
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Western researchers develop new COVID-19 antibody test
A team of Western researchers has developed a faster and more accurate test to determine who has coronavirus antibodies.  Read this article
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Controlling COVID is up to all of us
It is a New Year, and a new semester. Just as this has been a challenging past year, the New Year brings its own set of unique challenges. Read this article

What will the job market look like when I graduate?
For some students out there like myself, graduation is a few months away. All your hard work will be put to the test in your last semester, before you finally get the degree/diploma that you have been wanting for a while. But what happens after you graduate? Read this article

How to navigate networking through online learning
Students are entering arguably the most unstable job market in their lifetime with not much help from, frankly, anyone. And with graduation around the corner, some anticipate a sense of relief while for many others, it will be a cause of grief. Read this article

COVID deepens the cracks of Canada's class system
For nearly a year now, the message has been clear: Stay at home. Save lives. Simple enough, right? Read this article

Where do we go from here?
As cases are on the rise, stricter lockdown measures on the horizon, a new virus variant present, and a continued lack of transparency - 2021 is not off to a great start. Read this article

Brescia cancels in-person class for entire second semester
Brescia University College has cancelled all in-person classes for the remainder of the winter semester, citing the provincial government's stay-at-home order that went into earlier this month. Read this article
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Coping with mental health on the job hunt
We are no strangers to stress and its best friend anxiety, but it can be even more difficult to handle while on the hunt for a job. Read this article

What to expect from sports in 2021
Many, if not all industries in 2020 had to shift their operations to make work environments safe from the global COVID-19 pandemic. The same could be said about the sports industry. Read this article

Oh boy, do we ever need 2021!
2020 WAS NOT A FUN YEAR. I don't think anyone would disagree with that statement. From beginning to the end of the year, we have gone through so much. Read this article

Welcome to 2021: the year of renewal
2020 was the start of a new decade, ushering in the era of peace, prosperity, and acceptance...just kidding - it was arguably the worst year of most of our lives, having spent it forcibly inside due to an airborne virus. Read this article

The DOs and DO NOTs of our new reality
Just when you think you've adjusted to the new reality of a global pandemic, you have to adjust all over again to going to college. Read this article

Happy unflinching New Year: A lesson from <em>Arctic</em>
As we enter the New Year in these difficult times, survival means doing onto others as we would have them do onto us. Read this article

Beware the COVID gaslighter
While many of us have made drastic sacrifices to protect our communities and loved ones from the deadly COVID-19 virus, others were suggesting that there was nothing to fear. Read this article

Charges laid in relation to Thurman Circle gathering
London Police have pressed charges against a 20-year-old Campbellcroft man in relation to a large gathering on Thurman Circle on November 13, 2020. Read this article

Coronavirus update: The vaccine is coming
Almost a year ago since the beginning of the worst pandemic in a century, a vaccine has been approved by the federal government. Read this article

Safety Tips for Celebrating the Holiday Season
The COVID-19 pandemic has made us have to switch the way we celebrate holidays. While some people went back home, lots of people stayed here in London for their Thanksgiving festivities. Read this article

Let's normalize grieving over the holidays
If there's any holiday tradition we should leave behind, it's the pressure to pretend to be happy during December - even when someone is going through a difficult time. Read this article

Ontario approves Western's plan to welcome international students back to campus
Queen's Park approved Western's COVID-19 Readiness Plan, welcoming international students back to campus who were previously barred from entering the country before March's lockdown. Read this article

Nursing students left in the dark following University Hospital outbreak
Editor's note: The names of nursing students in this article have been changed for their privacy. When Lisa Walters arrived at her University Hospital nursing placement Nov. 11, she knew she was entering a hospital with a COVID-19 outbreak. Read this article
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London moves into 'orange zone' with new restrictions
London transitioned into the 'orange-restrict' level of Ontario's coronavirus regulations on Dec.6. Read this article
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Decluttering the mind
Something that I have noticed, in this current state of the world, is that politicians love to use confusion as a tool to convolute the truth. Read this article

2020 vs The Art Life
I think it is safe to say that up to this point, 2020 has been a very unusual year. Read this article

Western vaccine researchers cautiously encouraged by Pfizer trial results
American pharmaceutical company Pfizer released promising trial results for its coronavirus vaccine but Western researchers warn that while the data is encouraging, it must be taken with a grain of salt. Read this article
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Working out during a pandemic
When the COVID-19 pandemic first hit, gyms and fitness centres were forced to close down to curb the spread of the virus. Read this article

Two Toronto women charged for weekend gatherings
London police have charged two Toronto women after breaking up two separate gatherings in London over the Nov. 21 to 22 weekend. Read this article

Interrobang Podcast Episode 19: Ilhan Aden and Sarah Wallace
Interrobang's Ilhan Aden and Western Gazette's Sarah Wallace reflect on last week's anti-mask rally in Aylmer, Ont., as well as the results of the U.S. election. Seven more weeks of 2020 to go, folks. Read this article

Police charge two men for 150-person Halloween party
London police charged two men in relation to a Halloween party on Beaufort Street that saw at least 150 guests. Read this article
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Fanshawe you win; I give up
Guidance is something we all desire, something to hold onto to make sense of the darkness the unknown can bring. COVID-19 has made this all but more apparent to me. Read this article

Graduating in a world coping with COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has made it so that life has become unpredictable. The world after the pandemic will be weird. But what's weirder is that I'm graduating at the end of this year. Read this article

Try as you may, you cannot hide behind a mask
Is it possible we're getting used to wearing these masks? Read this article

Why we should not cancel Halloween: Keeping a degree of normalcy in COVID-19
The debate about whether Halloween should be cancelled has been a hot topic in not just Ontario, but all over Canada. Read this article

London Hall COVID-19 outbreak continues with new positive case
One more student in Western University's London Hall tested positive for the coronavirus this past week, prolonging the residence outbreak as quarantine is lifted for most students on affected floors. Read this article

Mustangs Athletics remains optimistic despite OUA cancellations
It was a tough day for Canadian university sports as Ontario University Athletics (OUA) decided to cancel the remainder of the 2020-21 sports season on Oct. 15. Read this article

Fanshawe lab developments will help speed the validation process for COVID-19 treatments
Fanshawe College's Centre for Research and Innovation has developed a faster and cheaper method of testing potential treatments for COVID-19. Read this article

Here we are now, entertain us
When things get bad, we look to humour, we look for entertainment. I think that people need a laugh right now of just about any kind to be able to get through the day. Read this article

Wearing a mask during sex is the new kink. Can dating handle it?
More and more restrictions are seeping into every part of our lives requiring a level of discipline I don't believe everyone possess. This will lead to and has led to conspiracy theories questioning the legitimacy of the pandemic, arguably endangering all of our lives. But I understand. Read this article

Rethinking relationships is not a bad thing
I say this purely in the spirit of much-needed levity, with all due respect to the seriousness of the situation at hand: It took the life-threatening reality of a global pandemic for me to finally demand more for myself in my personal relationships. Read this article

How "bubble environments" are safer for the players
The bubble that the NHL and the NBA created for their respective leagues was a unique experience and ensured everyone stayed safe. Read this article

Students are still searching for love in a pandemic
Dating is awkward. Now, add face masks, hand sanitizer and social distancing bubbles to the mix and it gets even weirder. Read this article

Western says London Hall students must quarantine at home post-Thanksgiving
London Hall who traveled home for Thanksgiving to not return for at least two weeks, as the health unit confirms a COVID-19 outbreak in residence that spans multiple floors. Read this article

Adding COVID-19 to our already complicated lives
We all have moments of anxiety in our lives, but some of us live with mental health issues constantly. So, how are we doing mentally during this crazy time, and more importantly, if we already deal with mental health issues, how are we managing now? Read this article

The onset of the COVID-19 second wave: why numbers are rising and how we're fighting the surge
Last week, 28 students at Western University tested positive for the virus. Their interactions were traced to gatherings at local restaurants and nightclubs while they shared drinks and e-cigarettes; another seven cases were linked to a single house party. Read this article

How to politely ask someone to step the f*** back
As someone whose personal bubble is a bit larger than the average, I have to say I got my hopes up when it came to this new concept of physical distancing in the era of COVID-19. Read this article

Healthcare heroes coping with mental health amidst pandemic
Healthcare workers all over the world are doing their best to keep populations safe and healthy in this virus-ridden time. Read this article

Turn down for what? COVID, that's what
With Broughdale one tumbleweed away from looking like a ghost town, one would never know FOCO had taken place this past weekend. Read this article

Fanshawe professor refuses to wear a mask
Deven Taylor, A Fanshawe College welding instructor, has openly expressed his refusal to wear a mask while on campus. Read this article

Fanshawe students can now get tested for COVID-19 at two campus locations
Students enrolled at Fanshawe College can get tested for COVID-19 without leaving campus. Read this article

The DOs and DO NOTs of our new reality
Just when you think you've adjusted to the new reality of a global pandemic, you have to adjust all over again to going to college. It's challenging to create an entirely new set of habits in a short amount of time, and disorienting when you have to worry about school on top of everything else. Read this article

The new normal for people with disabilities
For people with disabilities and pre-existent mental health issues, the pandemic has caused a more stressful and challenging environment. Read this article

What the heck is left to do in the new normal
Businesses are opening up, and life is coming back into London as the community heads back to school and the workplace. Read this article

Opinion: Textbook publishers need to lower prices now more than ever
Large publishing companies have been exploiting students for years - and now, with coronavirus killing the student budget, is the time for them to stop. Read this article

FSU adapts to COVID-19 restrictions
The Fanshawe Student Union (FSU) is preparing to adapt several of its key resources as students return for an unconventional school year. Read this article

An Orientation Week that will look like no other
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the Fanshawe Student Union (FSU) to turn their events virtual, or even a hybrid of some online or some in-person. Read this article

Student in residence among 28 and counting to test positive at Western University
A student living in Western University's residence has tested positive for COVID-19, along with 27 other students. Read this article

Fanshawe's world now divided between virtual and in-person reality
The COVID-19 pandemic has split the Fanshawe community between the virtual and real-life world. Read this article

The new world of sports amid a pandemic
With the COVID-19 pandemic that has been in effect in our lives, everything from the way you work, the way politics is run and even sports have changed. Read this article

Will Fanshawe students catch COVID-19 before catching a break?
Since the shutdown, we've been in a transitional period in which communication has not been the best on Fanshawe's part. This is something myself and other students have experienced. Read this article

Body positivity is not what we need right now
It's a bit baffling, that in the midst of a racial awakening, global pandemic, and a nation literally on fire, that some of the rhetoric this summer still had to do with losing weight. Read this article

Community outbreak declared; nine and counting Western students test positive for Covid-19
As of Sept. 15, nine Western University students have tested positive for COVID-19 after the London Middlesex Health Unit (MLHU) declared a community outbreak on Sept. 13. Read this article

Fanshawe reopening a soft launch for September
Fanshawe's partial reopening last week will help the College shape its safety measures for the fall, when approximately 8,200 students will study in a hybrid format.  Read this article

Masks and face coverings now mandatory in London's enclosed public spaces
City Council has passed a temporary by-law requiring London residents to wear a face covering or mask in all enclosed publicly-accessibly spaces, effective immediately. Read this article

Interrobang podcast: Nikki Ross
How can we safely enjoy ourselves in the Summer of Covid-19? This week's podcast episode features an interview with Nikki Ross, Fanshawe's Acting Manager of Personal Counselling, to find out how. Read this article

‘No matter what, life goes on’: Checking up with FSU president Katyayini Thakur
Katyayini Thakur, who also goes by Katy, knew her year as Fanshawe Student Union (FSU) president would be a challenge. But leading Fanshawe's body of 43,000 students through the fallout of a global pandemic wasn't exactly what she had in mind.  Read this article

OCAA suspends 2020 fall season
The Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) is officially suspending varsity sports and recreation activities across the province for the fall semester. Read this article

Fanshawe researching potential COVID-19 treatment
A treatment for COVID-19 could come from Fanshawe's main campus in London Ont. Read this article

Balancing home life with virtual placements proving difficult
Students in the School of Community Studies are finding it difficult to complete their field placements virtually. Read this article

Fanshawe releases plans for summer and fall
Fanshawe College will not reopen until later in the summer, and only in a limited capacity. The College announced its plans for the summer and fall terms today. Read this article

In times of crisis, choose who you follow with care
Sometimes, it can take a life or death situation for us to discover our boundaries. And in the past eight weeks, I for one have learned to draw the line at misinformation, the rampant spread of which mirrors the veracity of the coronavirus itself. Read this article

Trudeau announces $9B in aid for students ineligible for CERB
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced $9 billion in financial aid for Canada's post-secondary students amid criticism saying that students have been forgotten by the federal government.  Read this article

International students seek work amid COVID-19 crisis
It's hard to follow self-isolation orders when you need to pay the bills. That's the reality that many international students are facing in Canada as they fail to meet the eligibility requirements for the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).  Read this article

Interrobang Podcast: Tom Davis
In the latest Interrobang Podcast episode, Tom Davis, professor at the Donald J. Smith School of Building Technology at Fanshawe College discusses the environmental impacts of COVID-19. Read this article

High traffic crashes Fanshawe emergency fund site within minutes
The online application for Fanshawe's student emergency fund was flooded with applications when it opened this morning at 10 a.m., causing the website to crash. Read this article

Interrobang Podcast: Mary Pierce
Mary Pierce, the Dean of Business, Information Technology and Part-time Studies at Fanshawe College discusses the transition to online learning for faculty and students and how Fanshawe is leading the way in that tech and helping out other institutions. Read this article

Fanshawe creates relief fund as students wait out COVID-19
Fanshawe College has created a $1.5 million student emergency fund for students facing financial challenges due to the COVID-19 crisis Read this article

COVID-19 field hospital to be finished by Friday
A temporary field hospital for recovering London and area COVID-19 patients is expected to be completed by Friday. Read this article

Interrobang Podcast: Keren Nanneti
FSU President Keren Nanneti discusses some of the initiatives that the Fanshawe Student Union are running during the campus closures as a result of COVID-19 and also what her daily life as a student is like during this time. Read this article

Emergency Order narrows list of essential businesses in Ontario
The Province narrowed its list of businesses classified as essential in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. All businesses not covered by the updated Emergency Order must close as of April 4, at 11:59 p.m. Read this article

Fanshawe student confirmed positive for COVID-19
A Fanshawe student is confirmed as presumptive positive for COVID-19, Interrobang has learned. Read this article

Falcons' curling reflects on Nationals while other sport leagues shut down globally
As the NBA, NHL, MLB, and other sport leagues around the world suspended their games because of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) National Curling Championships was one of the few tournaments that finished on schedule with extra health and safety precautions. Read this article

Journalism-broadcast students providing COVID-19 coverage online
The journalism-broadcast students making up the XFM News Team are ensuring their audience stays up-to-date with online COVID-19 coverage. Read this article

London VTF delivers groceries for those unable to leave home due to COVID-19
A group of volunteers, including Western University students, are dropping off groceries at the doorsteps of Londoners unable to leave home because of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns. Read this article

Fanshawe supplies PPE, ventilators to regional health care providers
Fanshawe College has sent personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators to health care providers in the London-Middlesex region to help frontline workers tackle 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Read this article

With many classes moving online, how are Fanshawe students feeling?
Following a week of cancelled classes, Fanshawe College will move as much online learning as possible starting March 23. Read this article

City of London declares state of emergency due to COVID-19
London's acting mayor Jesse Helmer and London Mayor Ed Holder have declared a state of emergency for the City of London due to growing 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns. Read this article

Fanshawe students share thoughts on COVID-19's impact on classes
With classes cancelled up until March 20, Fanshawe College will be closing its doors to the public on March 18 due to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Read this article

Fanshawe College takes more measures amid COVID-19
Michele Beaudoin, the vice-president of student services, announced on March 16 on the College's website that student support services will be moved to online and phone delivery only as of March 18. Read this article

Local Health Unit: Celebrate St. Patrick's Day cautiously as COVID-19 rapidly develops
With a growing number of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases globally, the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) is reminding people to stay at home if they appear to have respiratory illness symptoms. Read this article

Fanshawe cancels classes for one week, online learning to follow
Fanshawe College is cancelling classes for the week of March 16 to 20 due to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, Interrobang has learned. Read this article

Fanshawe postpones Spring Open House amid COVID-19
Fanshawe College announced they will be postponing their March 14 Spring Open House at all campuses due to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Read this article

What is the coronavirus?
Being wary of your health is understandable and recommended to avoid encountering the novel coronavirus. However, myths and facts should be kept in check. Read this article

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