COVID-19 Diary – Day 211

COVID-19 Immunity Passports The idea of COVID-19 immunity passports has been brought up many times over the course of the pandemic. With some government agencies, and several businesses requesting them, and other government agencies and several experts arguing against them. Back in May of this year the company ‘MTÜ Back To Work’, located in Estonia,Continue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 211”

COVID-19 Diary – Day 209

First Antigen Test Approved for Canada Canada appears to be quickly adopting rapid testing options for COVID-19, not long ago a rapid PCR test was approved, and now a rapid antigen test has been approved as well. Both tests are supplied by Abbott in the USA. The Panbio antigen test uses a nasal swab, muchContinue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 209”

COVID-19 Diary – Day 208

One of our regular readers requested an update on what we’ve learned about long term immunity to COVID-19 so far. Here is some of the latest data we could find. COVID-19 Long Term Immunity: No? Since almost the first days of COVID-19, people have been asking how long a person remains immune after they’ve beenContinue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 208”

COVID-19 Diary – Day 207

Weekly Chart Update Every Monday we begin the week with a new chart showing how our total weekly numbers compare to the previous total week numbers. As you can see from the above chart, 831 new infections were reported over the last 7 days. This is an 18.7% increase over last week’s total of 700.Continue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 207”

COVID-19 Diary – Day 203

FDA Widens Investigation into AstraZeneca AstraZeneca is in the news once again, over their COVID-19 vaccine candidate. The US FDA has now expanded their investigation into the unexpected development of transverse myelitis in at least one of the participants of an ongoing study, which will now include research into previous vaccines developed by the sameContinue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 203”

COVID-19 Diary – Day 202

Air Travel During The Pandemic Air Travel is one of the industries that has been heaviest hit by the pandemic over the last 6 months. Between the order to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada and the additional risks associated with spending hours in an enclosed space with a large group of strangers, peopleContinue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 202”

COVID-19 Diary – Day 199

Vaccines May Not Prevent Transmission Until very recently I, like many others, had taken for granted that a COVID-19 vaccine would solve our pandemic problem, even if not immediately. There will be issues getting some people to vaccinate themselves, and hitting critical mass for herd immunity may take time, especially with the short supply andContinue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 199”

COVID-19 Diary – Day 198

A recent study conducted at the University of California, Davis, has provided some new information that could relate to the effectiveness of homemade non-medical masks. The study began as a comparison of different types of masks, including surgical, vented N95 and KN95 rated masks, as well as paper towel, and both single and double-layer cottonContinue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 198”

COVID-19 Diary – Day 197

A new study out of the University of Nicosia in Cyprus is turning a few heads with its analysis of theoretical evaporation effects on the spread of COVID-19 carrying respiratory droplets and aerosols. Please keep in mind that this is not a practical study, and all of the results are based on complex simulations, althoughContinue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 197”

COVID-19 Diary – Day 195

ScienceMag recently published a report on an investigation into COVID-19 led by the University of Bristol. The research team says they have discovered a druggable pocket in the SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein, which could theoretically be used to target the virus with specialized small-molecule antiviral drugs. The pocket specifically collects linoleic acid, which is a freeContinue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 195”