COVID-19 Diary – Day 846

It’s been a while! And there is a lot to cover, so we’re going to break everything into 3 sections. 1) What is transmission like now?2) What about Post-COVID-19 Infection?3) What can we do? 1) What is Transmission Like Now? A lot has changed since we last looked at numbers. BC no longer offers PCRContinue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 846”

COVID-19 Diary – Day 285

Health Canada Evaluating Favipiravir as a COVID-19 Treatment Today Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories LTD. announced they have applied to Health Canada for the approval of their Favipiravir drug therapy tablets to be used for treatment in mild and moderate cases of COVID-19 in adults. Favipiravir, which was developed by FUJIFILM Toyama Chemical Co., Ltd, is alreadyContinue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 285”

COVID-19 Diary – Day 281

US CDC Releases Study on Children in School & COVID-19 Between September and November, the US CDC ran a study on 397 children aged between 2 and 18, living in Mississippi, who had been tested for COVID-19. The purpose of the study was to determine likely transmission locations for COVID-19 positive children and also toContinue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 281”

COVID-19 Diary – Day 280

Public Health Order Enforcement to be “Ramped Up” BC Minister of Public Health Mike Farnworth has publicly asked for more officers to actively enforce public health orders related to COVID-19 safety measures. Until recently most officers had been taking a more educational approach to health order violations, but it looks like that may now beContinue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 280”

COVID-19 Diary – Day 271

Pfizer Vaccine Study Data Now Public The United States FDA has released Pfizer’s vaccine candidate data from their 3 phases of studies, and the news is looking mostly good! Pfizer’s own document runs 92 pages long and doesn’t make for an exciting read in most cases, but if you would like to read it, youContinue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 271”

COVID-19 Diary – Day 267

Fraser Health Launches Contact Tracing Tool It’s no secret that for the last several months somewhere between 1/2 and 2/3rds of all new COVID-19 cases have come from the Fraser Health area. This statistic, coupled with the fact that most of those recent cases have been people aged between 20 and 39 years old, hasContinue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 267”

COVID-19 Diary – Day 260

Majority of Canadians to Receive Vaccine by September 2021 Earlier today Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced to press that he believes the majority of Canadians will have received vaccinations by September of next year. A sentiment that was later echoed by Canada’s deputy chief public health officer Dr. Howard Njoo, while also being called “optimistic”Continue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 260”

COVID-19 Diary – Day 247

Ticketmaster Considering Future COVID-19 Options Ticketmaster is reportedly looking at new options for events that use their services, which would allow them to require proof of COVID-19 immunity or recent negative results from a COVID-19 test. Ticketmaster says they would not be requiring the use of this potential new option, but that each individual eventContinue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 247”

COVID-19 Diary – Day 242

Weekly Chart Update It’s Monday and that means it’s time for another chart update. We see from the above chart that last week’s total case count was more than 1,000 cases higher than the previous week’s total. This marks the first time we’ve seen week-to-week numbers with such a high increase between them. The recordContinue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 242”

COVID-19 Diary – Day 239

Contact Tracing Struggling in BC Contact tracing (followed by isolation) has been a tried and true method of fighting disease transmission since well before the days of COVID-19, and some even consider it to be “the most important public health intervention we have” in our fight against the current pandemic. Many areas of the worldContinue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 239”