2024-06-19 General

Unsolicited Product Recommendation I realized that I forgot to gush about the Readimasks fully in the last General post. They are a little expensive. HOWEVER, they gave a great seal (though see below) and were EXTREMELY comfortable. I do not have dangerously sensitive skin — I don’t go into anaphylactic shock when I touch latex… Continue reading 2024-06-19 General

2024-06-15 BC

This post is brief — the province gave us no data and there wasn’t much BC-specific news about COVID-19 (and the scant news that I did find was boring). Charts From Jeff’s wastewater spreadsheet:

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2024-06-15 General

COVID-19 The blog has been on hiatus for three weeks and I am feeling overwhelmed. I hope to put out several General postings this week to chip away at the backlog. Personal Story The reason for the hiatus was that I went on vacation to the East Coast of the US for three weeks. This… Continue reading 2024-06-15 General

2024-06-07 BC

COVID-19 wastewater and hospitalizations (the most reliable indicators!) are indisputably going up. COVID-19 Statistics As of 6 June, the BC CDC situation report says that in the week ending on 1 June there were: +310 reported cases, +93 hospital admissions, +11 ICU admissions, and +16 thirty-day all-cause deaths*. In the week ending 25 May, they now report… Continue reading 2024-06-07 BC

2024-06-01 BC

I’m on vacation, so behind on the General posting. Treatments This press release from the Ministry of Health (2024-05-30) says that MSP will now cover Paxlovid instead of the federal government, but doesn’t say anything about eligibility claims. This press release from Do No Harm BC (20204-05-31) says that eligibility is now restricted to people… Continue reading 2024-06-01 BC

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2024-05-17 General

COVID Long COVID This article from Poland (2024-05-08) reports on a conference presentation which found that people with Long COVID have much lower immunoglobulin gamma antibodies against the nucleocapsid. They theorize that could mean the virus (or viral components) could hang around longer in the body. This paper from Italy (2024-05-07) found that children with… Continue reading 2024-05-17 General

2024-05-10 BC

Reminder: the province has gone to once-per-month COVID reporting. Testing This paper examined multiple commercial RATs. For the ones available in BC (at least, which were available in BC), the Panbio (dark blue box, but NOT the Artron) was not very sensitive; BTNX Cassette was one of the best but BTNX was one of the… Continue reading 2024-05-10 BC

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2024-05-04 BC

Reminder: the province is dropping to monthly reports, so I won’t do a weekly BC report unless there’s some major BC-specific news in either COVID-19 or H5N1. Maybe wastewater is going up, or maybe that’s just noise. Hospitalizations continue to go down, dropping below 100 for the first time since last summer but not as… Continue reading 2024-05-04 BC

2024-05-04 General

I’m going to split blog postings into COVID-19 sections and H5N1 sections for now. I might someday split them into separate postings. Psychology Many years ago, I heard this George Carlin joke: “Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?” It… Continue reading 2024-05-04 General