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 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 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 201

Canada to Purchase New Rapid Tests In yesterday’s post, we reported on a global initiative to make rapid antigen testing available to low and middle-income countries. One of the suppliers of those tests, Abbot, has now also signed a deal with Canada for 7.9 million rapid tests. But unlike the affordable antigen tests mentioned yesterday,Continue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 201”

COVID-19 Diary – Day 200

BCCOVID19.INFO – GRAND OPENING It has now been 200 days since BC first took action to help stem the spread COVID-19, about 197 days since I decided to make regular posts detailing the experiences of living in a pandemic, about 145 days since I decided to make my posts more focused on sharing facts andContinue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 200”

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 189

Today BC Public Health was excited to announce the availability of a new COVID-19 test sample collection method for children in grades K-12. Instead of the much more invasive nasal swab method, students may instead opt for the gargle and spit method. This new method is still a PCR COVID-19 test, only the sample isContinue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 189”

COVID-19 Diary – Day 173

Today’s numbers should look a little familiar to some people. The report for today says there were 58 new COVID-19 infections in the province. Which is the same number as last Tuesday’s report. Hopefully the next 6 days will go a little better for us than last week did. In yesterday’s conference Dr. Bonnie HenryContinue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 173”