2021-09-16 General

Vaccines IF YOU ARE PREGNANT, GET A VACCINE. This article says that pregnant people are five times more likely to get admitted to hospital and ten times more likely to end up in the ICU. According to this article, Health Canada has approved vaccine names: Moderna -> Spikevax Pfizer -> Comirnaty AZ -> Vaxzevria With… Continue reading 2021-09-16 General

2021-09-16 BC

Statistics +706 cases, +4 deaths, +7,135 first doses, +7,335 second doses. Currently 291 in hospital / 134 in ICU, 5,844 active cases, 169,083 recovered. first doses second doses of adults 86.8% 79.7% of over-12s 86.3% 78.8% of all BCers 78.5% 71.6% The province has now given 4,004,302 first doses, yay! Charts From this tweet thread:

2021-09-15 BC

Mitigation Measures This article says that when Dr. Gustafson today talked to family doctors, she said several things which indicate a more laissez-faire attitude towards the pandemic. Contact tracing has already been scaled back, children with a sniffle can go to classes if they test negative, exposed vaccinated people do not need to isolate, and… Continue reading 2021-09-15 BC

2021-09-15 General

Vaccines I mentioned a study from England yesterday which looked at waning immunity. This tweet thread looks more closely, and there’s good stuff in the report that I missed. First, here’s the original study. Yes, it looks you’ve got a significant loss in effectiveness against infection if you look at the over-sixteens, but if you… Continue reading 2021-09-15 General

2021-09-14 General

Vaccines This article has a graph of AZ and Pfizer’s effectiveness over time for old folks. It’s not pretty (but remember that they used a short dose interval, and Canada mostly used a long interval). Even for younger people, it’s not great news: This preprint says that people who have a spare tire around their… Continue reading 2021-09-14 General

2021-09-14 BC

Statistics +677 cases, +1 death, +6,527 first doses, +5,866 second doses. Currently 288 in hospital / 140 in ICU, 6,165 active cases, 167,416 recovered. first doses second doses of adults 86.5% 79.4% of over-12s 86.0% 78.5% of all BCers 78.2% 71.4% Health Minister Adrian Dix tweeted that 92% of people in the ICU today are… Continue reading 2021-09-14 BC

2021-09-11/12/13 General

Transmission This report says that seroprevalence of COVID-19 antibodies from infection in Canadian blood donors went up to 4.5%, up from 4.0% in May. (How can they tell the difference? Vaccines only make antibodies to the spike protein, so if there are antibodies to some other part of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, then it was acquired… Continue reading 2021-09-11/12/13 General

2021-09-11/12/13 BC

Press Briefing Today, Dr. Henry announced that all health care workers who operated under provincial systems (i.e. private practices excluded) would need to be vaxxed by Oct. 26. Dr.. Henry also announced that they would give third doses to immunocompromised people. She was careful to say that this was not a booster, it was the… Continue reading 2021-09-11/12/13 BC

2021-09-10 General

Vaccines The National Advisory Committee on Immunization recommends a third shot for various types of immunocompromised people. From this tweet, using data from Public Health England: From this tweet, also using data from Public Health England (note that it’s a LOG scale!): This US CDC report says that: the effectiveness against hospitalization was 76% for… Continue reading 2021-09-10 General

2021-09-10 BC

Mitigation Measures To nobody’s surprise, someone is suing the province over the vax passport. Vaccines It’s Friday, and that means we get vaccination rate by age charts, for both one dose and two doses. This data is through 4 September: Again: YAY TEENS and wtf fifty-somethings? Statistics +820 cases, +9 deaths, +6,629 first doses, +6,446… Continue reading 2021-09-10 BC