COVID-19 Diary – Day 230

BBC Mis-Reports Antibody Data An article from the BBC has been gaining a lot of traction online recently, with many people sharing it on social media. The article in question is headlined “Covid: Antibodies ‘fall rapidly after infection’”, and it claims that data released by the Office for National Statistics (in the UK) found thatContinue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 230”

COVID-19 Diary – Day 229

COVID-19 May Decrease Cognitive Function A recent study of UK residents has shown that there may be on-going symptoms of cognitive decline for most people who have recovered from COVID-19, even asymptomatic cases. The study was done using an intelligence test voluntarily taken by over 84k residents of the UK. Additional questions were added toContinue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 229”

COVID-19 Diary – Day 228

Weekly Chart Update The numbers are in for the 7 day period of October 20-26 and they are not good. During the previous week, BC’s record for the most reported cases in a single day was broken 3 times, with our current record sitting at 317 (October 24th’s number). Additionally, the record has now beenContinue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 228”

COVID-19 Diary – Day 225

Canada Makes Another Vaccine Agreement Earlier today Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Canada had made an agreement to purchase 76 million doses of a vaccine candidate being developed by Medicago in partnership with GlaxoSmithKline. This marks the first vaccine candidate Canada has entered into an agreement to purchase that is being developed domestically. This isContinue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 225”

COVID-19 Diary – Day 223

BC Reports First School Outbreak Today BC Public Health reported the first confirmed school outbreak event, located at École de l’Anse-au-sable, a French-speaking school located in School District #93 in Kelowna. The exposure is confirmed to have taken place on October 13-15, and 160 members of the school community have now been directed to self-isolateContinue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 223”

COVID-19 Diary – Day 222

Last Friday our readers told us they would like to see us debunk more conspiracy theories. The above post showed up on Facebook last night, and we thought it was an excellent opportunity to follow up on your request! Conspiracy theories like these are extremely dangerous as they undermine public health efforts and ultimately couldContinue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 222”

COVID-19 Diary – Day 218

Fighting COVID-19 With a Calm Immune System COVID-19 can cause a wide range of symptoms in people, which in turn can cause a number of serious and even life-threatening conditions. One of these conditions is called a cytokine storm, which is when a person’s own immune system begins to attack healthy cells and tissue insteadContinue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 218”

COVID-19 Diary – Day 217

Symptoms Remain After 3 Months Since at least the first wave of the pandemic, the people of BC (and further) have been wondering about what possible long term effects COVID-19 could have on people. While the full extent of the virus’s effects on us may still not be known, a recent study conducted at UBCContinue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 217”

COVID-19 Diary – Day 216

COVID-19 Antibody Spike in Tokyo A pre-print study on the seroprevalence of COVID-19 antibodies in Tokyo is turning more than a few heads since its late September release. The study followed 615 outwardly healthy volunteers across 11 locations, all employed by the same company, 350 of whom submitted to 2 tests each with about aContinue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 216”

COVID-19 Diary – Day 215

Weekly Chart Update Yesterday was a holiday, so ‘weekly chart day’ was pushed to today! As you can see from the above chart, our weekly totals continue to climb. In fact, this week’s total is the highest weekly total since the beginning of the pandemic. Not just that, but Saturday, October 10th’s new infection numberContinue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 215”