Variants

17 articles
by Max Binks-Collier

‘We shouldn’t emotionalize the discussion. It’s purely pragmatic’: An interview with Peter Jüni

Peter Jüni, the scientific director of the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, argues that vaccine certificates are key to managing the COVID-19 pandemic while keeping society open.

by Maddi Dellplain

Team Vaccine: Listen, Care and Act

Shiran Isaacksz played a key role in organizing a massive effort to vaccinate as much of Toronto as possible. We're profiling him as a Pillars of the Pandemic honouree.

by Max Binks-Collier

How good is natural immunity?

Is the immunity that comes from having caught COVID-19 as good as the immunity from vaccination? It may well be, at least for some – but there are caveats.

by Maddi Dellplain

COVID-19 and animal populations

While monitoring new variants of the coronavirus in human populations is top of mind for many, we also need to monitor mutations in animal populations – which could also prove dangerous to humans.

by Maddi Dellplain

‘It’s not clear yet how it’s going to play out’

With more transmissible variants, like the Delta variant, most experts agree that it's unlikely we'll reach herd immunity. So what might it look like to live in a world where SARS-CoV-2 is endemic, and how do we get there?

by Maddi Dellplain

A call for better data

A country’s ability to sequence genomic data from samples of SARS-CoV-2 could help it respond effectively to potentially more dangerous variants. But in Canada, there are restrictions that impact the quality of information that is being collected.

by Paul Taylor

Patient Navigator: Just how contagious is the Delta variant?

The Delta variant is far more contagious than the original type of coronavirus and poses a far greater threat to public health. But measures like social distancing, wearing masks and getting vaccinated can help curb its spread.

by Catharine Chambers

Five reasons why COVID-19 cases are increasing when vaccination rates are going up

Despite high vaccination coverage, COVID-19 cases are increasing in parts of Canada and experts are predicting a fourth wave this fall (or sooner). Here's why.

by Multiple authors in collaboration

‘I got AstraZeneca for my first dose. Which should I get for my second?’ A COVID vaccination guide

If you had AstraZeneca for dose 1, you now have a choice. You can get AstraZeneca for dose 2 or you can get a dose of Moderna or Pfizer instead. We have some information you can use to weigh your options.

by Sabina Vohra-Miller Seema Marwaha

Five things to know about AstraZeneca

Here are five important things we all need to understand about the AstraZeneca vaccine.

by Seema Marwaha

April 13: “How do you even triage patients who are aged 30 to 50?”

We are figuring out staffing/redeployment, expansion of medical units, possible medication rationing and triaging for sick patients. How do you even triage patients who are aged 30 to 50?

by Rishi Bansal Arjun Pandey Zuhayr Yakub Connie Li Natasha Bauer-Maison

Medical students join urgent calls for paid sick leave

Continued government inaction will only prolong the pandemic, resulting in longer shutdowns, further long-term economic damage and, ultimately, more preventable deaths.

by Seema Marwaha

April 12: ‘I’m frightened for the days and weeks to come’

What’s happening in the hospital? Somber meetings discussing the transferring of critically ill patients to other cities and asking when we will need to begin rationing resources …

by Seema Marwaha

April 7: “We are failing to protect our most vulnerable”

Is this Ticketmaster-like system where you have to constantly refresh 15 browsers for a vaccine appointment really the best we can do?

by Seema Marwaha

April 6: A growing sense of dread

I can see the numbers increasing in real time. I can see the age dropping and severity of illness increasing. I can’t shake this feeling of dread.

by Seema Marwaha Sabina Vohra-Miller

High-risk areas urgently need improved access to vaccines

If high-risk people in high-risk areas are eagerly waiting to be vaccinated and there are empty slots at vaccine sites across the province, what are we waiting for?

by Bryony Lau

‘Their lives are at risk’: Variants heighten concerns at meat plants

Canada's slaughterhouses have been the sites of large COVID-19 outbreaks. New safety protocols are not enough to keep workers out of harm’s way in the face of variants, advocates say.

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