PhD Students & Applicants: COVID-19 FAQ
Last updated Monday May 13, 2020 10:46 AM EDT
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This generally includes canceling large group events, closing public spaces, avoiding crowds, keeping physical distance from others, and so on.
With COVID-19, the goal of social / physical distancing is to slow down the spread of the virus from person to person and to reduce the burden on health care systems and workers.
Volunteer opportunities are independent of academic studies and the University, even if the activities take place on sites that are affiliated with the University (e.g. at major hospitals or with academic appointees requesting volunteers). As a volunteer, the University’s insurance coverage, WSIB, coverage through the University (including the coverage applicable during student placements), financial support, or logistical support would not be available to you for volunteer activities.
Unless the organization or site at which you are volunteering makes it available to you, as a volunteer, you may only be covered in case of injury or illness in the course of volunteering through your OHIP/UHIP and your extended health coverage plan, if you have one. Please make sure you are protecting yourself, following public health advice, and informing yourself of the potential risks of any volunteer opportunity. We ask that you continue to consult the University’s central webpage for links to public health authorities, travel advisories, and student supports including mental health resources. Please stay safe and take care of yourself during these difficult times as you try to help others.
Health and Wellness at St. George campus is open and available for all students. Please visit their website to learn more or book a virtual appointment.
The University encourages everyone to be mindful of their own mental health by:
- Turning off and stop watching email, the news or social media;
- Ensure that you are taking time for family or loved ones (even if virtually);
- Engaging in exercise and relaxation, such as this daily mindfulness exercise recommended by Professor Blake Poland:
- A Mindful Society via Facebook Live, offered every morning at 10:00 a.m.
Researchers, students, medical and allied healthcare professionals with training in data analytics, programming, lab skills, medicine, allied health professions, mental health, public health are needed to help with contact tracing. Learn more about the registry here: https://covid19resources.ca/volunteerrecruitment.html
This registry is part of a volunteer-built national website led by Guillaume Bourke of McGill and me: https://covid19resources.ca. Our website aims to collect, direct and coordinate people involved in COVID19 research across the country. It is supported by multiple U15 universities, and complements a U15-built invitation-only COVID-19 Slack community discussion platform launched in recent days: https://cancovid.ca