COVID-19 Diary – Day 291

Normally on Mondays, we would be providing an analysis of the current COVID-19 numbers and trends in BC, but since today is technically a holiday, those numbers will not be available until tomorrow. However, since there has been a lot of new information, we will be using today to catch up on some of theContinue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 291”

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 257

Canada Won’t Be First to Receive Vaccine Earlier today Prime Minister Trudeau announced to Canadians that Canada would not be the first to receive the newly developed COVID-19 vaccines from any of the major developers. These developers will be providing their initial shipments to their home countries first, before honouring their agreements with Canada andContinue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 257”

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 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 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”

COVID-19 Diary – Day 196

Today marks 2 weeks since schools across BC have been open, and during that time there have been 31 exposure events, and luckily 0 outbreaks of COVID-19. Of those 31 exposure events, 23 of them have been located within the Fraser Health Authority, and 15 have been located specifically within the Surrey school district. TheseContinue reading “COVID-19 Diary – Day 196”

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”

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”