Week ending 2022-04-21 General

Variants This paper shows the increase in average transmission for different SARS-CoV-2 variants relative to COVID Classic: Long COVID This paper says that people can shed COVID-19 RNA in their poo for like seven months after they got infected. They also saw a correlation between the amount of COVID-19 RNA is their poo and gastrointestinal… Continue reading Week ending 2022-04-21 General

Week ending 2022-04-14 BC

Testing From today’s BC COVID-19 Situation Report, wastewater COVID-19 levels are going up: Vaccines The BC CDC dashboard says that Novavax vaccines have arrived! The province is being lazy and using the J&J slot to now mean “J&J and Novavax”, but I think that the J&J never got distributed. The dashboard says that 93 of… Continue reading Week ending 2022-04-14 BC

Week ending 2022-04-14 General

Because the rest of the world has decided that COVID doesn’t exist any more, I am dropping down to one post per week. I am going to stop posting articles which are repetitive, especially ones of the form “Oh look! {Vaccines, boosters, treatments} still work against {Omicron, older variants}”; “Oh look! Vaccines wane in effectiveness!”;… Continue reading Week ending 2022-04-14 General

2022-04-05/06 General

Vaccines Still don’t think you need a booster? Check out this graph from this awesome slide deck (referencing this paper) for people vaxxed with Pfizer: (I really doubt that it actually goes negative. I bet what that really shows is that the control group has some protection via infections, potentially recent infections.) Don’t get the… Continue reading 2022-04-05/06 General

2022-04-02/03/04 BC

Transmission This article reports that 9 of 11 cruise ships which were supposed to go to Victoria have already cancelled, probably because of COVID-19 cases. Government This article reports that Premier Horgan has COVID-19. Testing This article has things slightly garbled, I think. It says that it’s no longer required to report the results of… Continue reading 2022-04-02/03/04 BC

2022-04-02/03/04 General

There wasn’t much good general news today. There were some technical papers, but most were either overly technical or said things we already knew (boosters work! Omicron is vax-resistant!). The non-technical materials were mostly OMG BA.2 IS COMING/HERE WHY DOES EVERYBODY ACT LIKE IT IS NO BIG DEAL?!?!?!?! Long COVID This preprint says that using… Continue reading 2022-04-02/03/04 General

2022-03-31 and 2022-04-01 General

Mitigation Measures This article reports that, as advertised, the Government of Canada has dropped its requirement for a COVID test to enter the country for fully vaccinated travelers. Note that you do still need to fill out the ArriveCan app’s survey before you cross. Pathology Wow, this paper says that pregnancy increases your risk of… Continue reading 2022-03-31 and 2022-04-01 General