2021-09-09 BC

Statistics +774 cases, +5 deaths, +6,462 first doses, +6,906 second doses. Currently 262 in hospital / 130 in ICU, 5,594 active cases, 164,470 recovered. first doses second doses of adults 85.9% 78.8% of over-12s 85.3% 77.8% of all BCers 77.7% 70.8% Charts From this tweet:

2021-09-09 General

Variants A US CDC report found that COVID-19 didn’t cause more hospitalized children to go to the ICU than in pre-Delta times. Vaccines Moderna announced that they have gotten really good results (in mice) from a vaccine which combines COVID-19, influenza, and RSV. This article says that COVID-19 frequently attacks kidneys, and that it really… Continue reading 2021-09-09 General

2021-09-08 BC

Mitigation Measures The province is ending the rent freeze. Increases will be capped at 1.5%, and can’t take place before 1 Jan 2022. This article says that UVic has started classes, and that students have to either be vaxxed or get tested regularly. Treatment This article says that the province sent a letter to all… Continue reading 2021-09-08 BC

2021-09-08 General

Vaccines This large study from Scotland from March 2020 to November 2020 found that household members of healthcare workers were less than half as likely to get an infection after the healthcare worker got vaccinated. (Note: don’t forget that some of the household members got infected in the community.) This study of Pfizer found that:… Continue reading 2021-09-08 General

2021-09-03 BC

Mitigation Measures According to this article, it’s not that fast food restaurants have a blanket exemption from the mask mandate: takeout is exempted. Vaccines It’s Friday! That means there’s updates to the vax uptake by age over time, first and second doses: I have to say GO TEENS! And also, wth, 50-somethings? What are you… Continue reading 2021-09-03 BC

2021-09-03 General

Vaccines This tweet has this nice graph, made with data pulled from the Public Health England Variants of Concern Technical Briefing 22. Variants This preprint from Denmark says that people who were not fully vaccinated were 2.8x times as likely to get hospitalized for Delta as for Alpha.  (For people who were fully vaccinated, there… Continue reading 2021-09-03 General

2021-09-02 General

Schools Go read this Twitter thread, please. Vaccines This Twitter thread pushes back on the “vaccines are waning!” crowd. They point out some of the things I had pointed out about sketchiness in the various studies, plus a few others. Me, I think vaccines do wane in infectiousness some over time, but not as badly… Continue reading 2021-09-02 General

2021-09-02 BC

Press Briefing There was a surprise briefing which I did not watch. Mostly it was on new mitigation measures for the Northern Health Authority: Personal gatherings in your home – one additional family or 5 guests Personal gatherings outside your home – maximum 50 people Indoor events – have a safety plan (the organizer should… Continue reading 2021-09-02 BC