COVID-19: How to Use Rapid Tests

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)

Now, this is a topic that I thought had been covered well over the last few months. I know I’ve talked and written about it a few times. And yet journalists still ask me about it. So today I’m going to go over some quick thoughts and explanations about the uses, limitations, and strategies for using COVID-19 so-called “rapid tests.”

My intent is to make this will be a short post. Let’s see if I have the discipline to hold to that promise.

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COVID-19: Answering A Few Common COVID Vaccine Questions

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)

Shhh. The baby is asleep, so I have to type this really quietly.

In today’s post, I hope to address a few of the more common questions that both the public and the media have about the new COVID vaccines. As of now, we really only have data for three jabs: the Pfizer/Biontech one, the Moderna one, and the one produced in partnership between Astra Zeneca and Oxford University.

Since conspiracy theories are out of control these days, I must begin with the standard disclaimer. Yes, I have done paid consulting work for drug companies in the distant past. And yes, I own shares in both Pfizer and Astra Zenaca…. amounting to HUNDREDS, yes HUNDREDS, of dollars. Watch out, Jeff Bezos. (more…)

COVID-19: I Guess I Have To Talk About Koch’s Postulates

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)

I can’t believe I have to talk about this. But I do. And I’ll try to make it quick.

My frustration with the COVID-denial narrative is palpable. Today I tweeted my quick take on their standard playbook:

I’ve tackled many, if not all, of these weak claims right here on this blog. I’m quite tired of talking about them, quite tired of having to convince people that a real thing is a real thing. I expected that my time would be most valued explaining some of the science underpinning the phenomenon we are presently experiencing, and not having to argue with strangers over basic logical fallacies. (more…)

2021

This website is now 28 years old –22 years as a traditional blog. Long time readers (both of you) will know that I traditionally reserve the first post of a new year for some sappy, shmaltzy reflections. So if you’re here for science or bad jokes, this is not the post for you. Tune in next time.

For the whole world, 2020 was a stressful time. It was worse for some than for others. For many, it was brazenly horrific. And for a handful, it was actually a fairly pleasant year. (We call those people “billionaires.”) (more…)


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