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COVID-19: Pandemics Are Worse For the Poor (podcast episode)

COVID-19: No There Isn’t A PCR ‘Casedemic’

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)

So, there is a prevalent claim that the COVID-19 cases being logged all across the world are horrendously overestimated, due to the hypersensitivity of the PCR test. Essentially, they state that what we are seeing is a “casedemic” and that there is no “second wave” and no pandemic at all. (more…)

COVID-19: Let’s Talk About Vaccines

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)

Revel in the miracle, my friends. And make no mistake: it is a miracle. Yes, it’s a human-fabricated miracle, but the arrival of efficacious vaccines against COVID-19 in less than a year since the declaration of pandemic is nothing short of a stupendous and near-supernatural achievement. I fully expect a few Nobel Prize nominations to come from this endeavour, and they will be well deserved.

Unsurprisingly, almost all the media questions I’ve been getting these past few days have concerned the vaccine. And while I think most people are pretty clear on what’s going on, I thought I would summarize some of the key points in this post.

So here we go.

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COVID-19: Can We Test Our Way Out Of This?

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)

 

Slovakia did an amazing thing this month. They tested two thirds of their population over a couple of weekends to find close to 58,000 active cases. The UK was so inspired by what they saw, that they did a similar thing in Liverpool, as well.

That got my spouse (a family doctor) and I talking this morning about whether mass testing could be a tolerable way out of the COVID mess for parts of Canada. So this blog post is a real-time thought experiment in which I take a stab at describing how such a strategy might work in some Canadian provinces.

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