COVID-19 Diary – Day 194

Yesterday I shared an image provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada that showed BC had the highest per capita number of active COVID-19 cases of any province or territory in Canada. Today I am happy that I can retract that statement. As you can see from the above chart, with special thanks toContinue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 194”

COVID-19 Diary – Day 191

Things are starting to look a little less positive for the vaccine candidate being worked on by Oxford/AstraZeneca. In an unusual move, AstraZeneca released early details on how their phase III human trials have been progressing, and it was discovered that there have been 2 patients who have developed transverse myelitis after receiving the vaccine,Continue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 191”

COVID-19 Diary – Day 188

Over the last 188 days, since BC began taking measures to fight COVID-19, a lot of the focus has been put on prevention methods against transmission, and vaccine candidates to eliminate the chance of infection. There is also a third weapon in our arsenal against COVID-19, treating the disease. At last count, there are aContinue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 188”

COVID-19 Diary – Day 185

Successfully navigating the COVID-19 pandemic means learning how to manage your transmission risk levels. While few could argue that the safest option is to never leave your house, for most of us, this isn’t a realistic option. So whether it’s going to work or school, buying groceries or other supplies, or taking part in variousContinue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 185”

COVID-19 Diary – Day 184

Since the early days of the pandemic, there have been several studies and hypotheses regarding the role of air pollution in the form of fine particulate matter (often called PM2.5 or PM10, as these are particles smaller than 2.5 or 10 micrometres) in the transmission and mortality level of COVID-19. One of the earlier studiesContinue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 184”

COVID-19 Diary – Day 178

COVID-19 is well known to be a complicated virus with a wide variety of potential symptoms and long terms effects. Recently there has been a speculative line drawn between COVID-19 and myocarditis. Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle, which can affect your heart’s electrical system, reducing your heart’s ability to pump and causingContinue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 178”

COVID-19 Diary – Day 174

This is going to be a pretty long post, but there’s lots of good info here. Let’s get started! First up we have a new study on the efficacy of face shields and masks with unfiltered valves. They use lasers to help improve visualization of water vapour. Their conclusions are not super great for eitherContinue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 174”

COVID-19 Diary – Day 171

Despite the lack of report from public health, there’s still lots to talk about today, so let’s dig in! Researchers from the University of Alberta are currently studying whether a drug used to treat a deadly corona virus in cats, may help prevent COVID-19 infection in humans as well. Since it’s already being used withContinue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 171”