week ending 2022-09-01 BC

Vaccines This article reports that the province expects most residents will start getting the BA.1 boosters starting in October. Note that the wording was “most residents”. There is a small amount of this vax which is going to show up in-country tomorrow, and if it is distributed proportionate to population, BC should get about 100K… Continue reading week ending 2022-09-01 BC

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Vaccines This article says that Health Canada approved a BA.1 booster from Moderna today for adults and immunocompromised children over 12. 780K are supposed to arrive in-country tomorrow, with another 10.5M at the end of September. There isn’t good data from random clinical trials in humans yet for the new bivalent vaccines. This preprint from… Continue reading week ending 2022-09-01 General

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Charts Levels of COVID-19 in wastewater over time from Jeff’s spreadsheet using MetroVan data:

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week ending 2022-08-25 BC

Mitigation Measures This article reports that civil jury trials in BC will resume on 8 October 2022. (Criminal jury trials had continued throughout the pandemic, with various mitigation measures in place.) Statistics This week’s BC CDC weekly report said that in the week ending on 20 Aug there were: +737 cases, +180 hospital admissions, +41 ICU… Continue reading week ending 2022-08-25 BC

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Long COVID This article reports on this (difficult-for-lay-people-to-understand) research report which says that Long COVID patients had an imbalance in the clot-promoting and clot-removing proteins in the blood. (Note: in the Recommended Reading section, there’s a link to a long article on clotting and Long COVID.) Pathology This paper says that physical exercise makes your… Continue reading week ending 2022-08-25 General

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Charts COVID-19 levels in wastewater from Jeff’s spreadsheet: Vaccination uptake in BC over time through 14 August 2022, for first/second/third/fourth dose from the federal vax info page: Note that they don’t have a line yet for the 0-4 y/os, but from the legend, 4.4% of the littlest kids have gotten one shot.

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week ending 2022-08-18 General

Live Attenuated Virus Vaccines This paper from Massachusetts found that vaccination with the tuberculosis BCG vaccine gave a 92% efficacy against COVID-19. (Also see this mass media article, which talks about other studies too.) BCG is a live attenuated virus vaccine (LAV); I’ve talked about LAVs before and how they appear to boost the innate… Continue reading week ending 2022-08-18 General

week ending 2022-08-18 BC

Statistics This week’s BC CDC weekly report said that in the week ending on 13 Aug there were: +877 cases, +181 hospital admissions, +29 ICU admissions, +24 all-cause deaths. This week’s report said that the previous week (data through 6 Aug) there were: +899 cases, +226 hospital admissions, +39 ICU admissions, +40 all-cause deaths. Last week’s BC… Continue reading week ending 2022-08-18 BC

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Charts Jeff’s wastewater charts seem to show that COVID-19 levels are declining verrrrry slowly, maybe: They still are not good, however. You’ll note that the levels are currently higher than they were during any of the pre-Omicron waves.

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week ending 2022-08-11 General

Mitigation Measures This paper from eastern Massachusetts found that school districts which dropped mask mandates right away had 44 cases of COVID-19 per 1000 students/staff (accounting for 30% of cases) compared to schools which kept masks. (Before they were allowed to drop mask mandates, the case rates were similar.) Here’s a Twitter thread with an… Continue reading week ending 2022-08-11 General