week ending 2022-12-15 BC

Hospitals This article reports that BC Children’s Hospital has approved putting two kids in a single room, in order to deal with crowding. (I don’t have good sources for you, sorry, but I believe that while double-respiratory-infections happen, it’s not as common as one would think. Having respiratory illness A seems to give some protection… Continue reading week ending 2022-12-15 BC

week ending 2022-12-15 General

I have added a page with what to do if you get COVID-19 here. (Tl;dr: stay away from your loved ones, stay entertained, irrigate your sinuses with saline, take Paxlovid if you are over 65 or clinically extremely vulnerable, make sure you have good quality air (low in particulates, warm, and between 40% and 60%… Continue reading week ending 2022-12-15 General

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Wastewater From Jeff’s spreadsheet, using MetroVan data: It sure looks like the levels are going up. Non-COVID respiratory viruses From the BC CDC Respiratory Pathogen Characterization web page: For adults in BC, it looks like flu has peaked (or people aren’t getting tested as much, which is always possible): Data for children in Van/Richmond/North Shore… Continue reading 2022-12-10 BC tiny

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week ending 2022-11-08 BC

Statistics As of today, the BC CDC weekly report said that in the week ending on 3 Dec there were: +539 confirmed cases, +140 hospital admissions, +33 ICU admissions, +17 all-cause deaths. As of today, the weekly report said that the previous week (data through 26 Nov) there were: +604 confirmed cases, +213 hospital admissions, +42 ICU admissions,… Continue reading week ending 2022-11-08 BC

week ending 2022-12-08 General

Treatments This paper from the UK reports promising results of a cheap liver drug against COVID-19 (at least, in human organs outside humans). This drug does so by reducing the number of ACE2 receptors. (This seems odd to me — I thought I kind of needed my ACE2 receptors!) This paper from Hong Kong found… Continue reading week ending 2022-12-08 General

week ending 2022-12-02 BC

This is a day late because the province didn’t have numbers ready yesterday. Response Today, the province released the COVID-19 Lessons Learned Review. I have not reviewed it yet. Mitigation Measures The province announced that they are going to make it easier for foreign-trained doctors to work in BC. Transmission This article says there is… Continue reading week ending 2022-12-02 BC

week ending 2022-12-02 General

This is a day late because the province didn’t have numbers ready yesterday, so I did other things. Mitigation Measures According to this post on a Twitter web page, as of 23 November, Twitter will allow COVID-19 disinformation. This paper found that in Canada, Pakistan, and Israel, N95-class masks worked significantly better than medical masks… Continue reading week ending 2022-12-02 General

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Wastewater From Jeff’s spreadsheet, using MetroVan data: Influenza Remember I’ve been saying that respiratory season hadn’t hit hard yet? Well, we’re there now. Flu is almost doubling every week right now. And NOTE! Not everybody who is hospitalized gets tested for respiratory viruses. The most recent word from the province is basically that patients get… Continue reading 2022-11-25 BC small

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week ending 2022-11-24 General

Mitigation Measures This press release from the Government of Canada says that all Canadians in federally regulated private workplaces (like banking, telecommunications and interprovincial transportation) get ten days of paid sick leave, starting on 1 Dec 2022. (They don’t get all ten days at once, it accrues.) About 6% of Canadians work in federally regulated… Continue reading week ending 2022-11-24 General