Dalhousie University
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One Dal

Sharing Dal Stories During COVID-19
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Shields up

An interdisciplinary team from the Faculty of Engineering connected with colleagues at the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) to explore solutions for a face shield — a critical piece of personal protective equipment, or PPE, used by frontline health-care workers. Though it took some added ingenuity, as the team is working remotely, the resulting design is simple and easily scalable from 3D manufacture to injection molding, which can produce thousands of units to meet the needs of our health-care system.

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Streaming scholarship

Interdisciplinary PhD student Mehrnaz Ashrafi decided not to let a global pandemic stop her from completing her PhD. It was only a few days before she was set to defend her PhD thesis that she received word that, due to social distancing protocols, all scheduled in-person PhD defences were to be conducted remotely. So, she planned ahead and completed a successful remote defence.

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Answering the call

Sydney Miller and Sarah Keeping are senior Bachelor of Science in Nursing students who just completed their program, but they’re as busy as ever. They’re two of over 50 students volunteering with Nova Scotia’s 811 service, a key channel through which people with symptoms of COVID-19 are initially assessed. They were eager to help especially because their recent placements were on oncology floors where they saw first hand how devastating it would be for those patients to get COVID-19.

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Sew helpful

Anneke Henderson, senior instructor in Dalhousie’s Costume Studies program, and a small team of volunteers are sewing in their homes to provide protective supplies to students who remain on campus. Though the masks are non-medical and not certified for hospital use they might help prevent pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic people from inadvertently infecting others with COVID-19 when out in public.

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Emergency dentistry

The Faculty of Dentistry emergency clinic became one of three designated spaces for emergency treatment after dental offices in the province were closed due to COVID-19. Since then, about 40 patients a week have been receiving treatment through the Faculty of Dentistry. Appointments are arranged by the patient’s dentist and each patient is treated in one of the Faculty’s 12 enclosed operating rooms. The rooms have hospital-grade ventilation systems for the control of infection and all dentists wear appropriate personal protective equipment while treating patients.

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