2023-01-20 BC tiny

Wastewater Jeff’s spreadsheet of Metro Van COVID-19 levels in wastewater shows stable or falling slightly COVID-19 levels for all areas except for North Shore, which historically has been low and variable.

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2023-01-19 BC

Statistics As of today, the BC CDC weekly report said that in the week ending on 7 Jan there were: +560 confirmed cases, +142 hospital admissions, +24 ICU admissions, +27 all-cause deaths. As of today, the weekly report said that the previous week (data through 31 Dec) there were: +661 confirmed cases, +195 hospital admissions, +37 ICU… Continue reading 2023-01-19 BC

2023-01-13 BC small

Wastewater From Jeff’s spreadsheet: Jeff also just made individual charts, with nine-day rolling averages. (Why nine-day? It worked better.) From those charts, you can see that there was a definite rising trend for a while in Vancouver and the north shore, but levels now falling. He suspects that we’re seeing the end of a post-holiday… Continue reading 2023-01-13 BC small

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2023-01-12 BC

Provincial Guidance Last week I said that the public health guidance on masks changed briefly, then changed back. This article says that was a mistake, that an old stale version accidentally got pushed. (Sounds like they need a better publishing workflow.) Hospitals This article says that Pub Health was going to open twenty surge centres… Continue reading 2023-01-12 BC

2023-01-06 BC small

Wastewater From Jeff’s spreadsheet, with data from MetroVan through 2 Jan: There’s so much noise, it’s hard to tell if the amount of COVID-19 in the wastewater is going up or going down. Non-COVID Respiratory Illnesses I might not do any more reporting on non-COVID respiratory illnesses. The levels of illness are dropping pretty fast,… Continue reading 2023-01-06 BC small

2023-01-05 BC

Pub Health Advice This tweet thread says that the BC CDC web site changed from masking being a personal choice, to “Public health recommends wearing masks in all public indoor spaces”, back to personal choice, all in the space of not very much time. Hmmm. Sounds like there is some internal politics going on there.… Continue reading 2023-01-05 BC

2023-01-05 General

Long COVID Even people who don’t have classic “Long COVID”, getting COVID-19 is bad for you long-term. This paper from Florida reports that people who had COVID-19 have all-cause-mortality rates in the year after their acute phase at much higher than those who did not get COVID-19. Compared to people who were not infected with… Continue reading 2023-01-05 General

2022-12-30 BC tiny

Non-COVID Respiratory Diseases This article reports that BC CDC says that this year’s flu shot is about 50% effective. That sounds bad compared to like the measles vax or the first results for the mRNA vax, but half is still a big fraction! In addition to not updating their COVID-19 statistics (which is why there… Continue reading 2022-12-30 BC tiny