COVID19: All About False Positives and Negatives

by Raywat Deonandan, PhD
Epidemiologist & Associate Professor
University of Ottawa
(I add my credentials to these COVID-19 blog posts in case they get shared. I want readers to know that my opinion is supposedly an educated and informed one)

You know, I teach this stuff for a living. And every year, when it comes time to teach my students how epidemiologists assess the quality of diagnostic tests, I have a tiny panic attack, since it can be so very confusing, and therefore quite challenging to explain to others how it works. (more…)

COVID19: How Do We Open Schools?

by Raywat Deonandan, PhD
Epidemiologist & Associate Professor
University of Ottawa
(I add my credentials to these COVID-19 blog posts in case they get shared. I want readers to know that my opinion is supposedly an educated and informed one)

The most common questions from journalists I’ve received in the past couple of weeks all concern either mask-wearing or school re-openings. I’ve tackled the mask thing in two previous posts here and here. (more…)

COVID19: Heroes Wear Masks

by Raywat Deonandan, PhD
Epidemiologist & Associate Professor
University of Ottawa
(I add my credentials to these COVID-19 blog posts in case they get shared. I want readers to know that my opinion is supposedly an educated and informed one)

 

A lovely thing manifested from the awfulness of the COVID-19 pandemic. During the horrors of daily death in Italy and Spain, residents confined to their homes would take to their balconies every night to applaud their heroes, the health care workers. The practice caught on around the world. In many Canadian cities, each night at dusk, grateful citizens bang pots and raise a toast to all essential workers. It’s a reminder that in the early phase of this emergency, it was doctors and nurses who held the front line, putting their bodies and families at risk to keep the rest of us safe. (more…)

Music and the Ottawa Pops Orchestra

Sorry, readers, this is a non-COVID post. This is, after all, still a personal blog, and sometimes I just have to write about myself. Don’t worry, there will be more epidemiology content coming soon.

A while back, the good folks at the Ottawa Pops Orchestra invited me to submit “my story” as part of their “artists in quarantine” series. The idea is that a member of the community would be profiled through their musical tastes. I would write them a few words and submit a playlist of the songs that meant something to me. (more…)


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