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…)

COVID19: Some Quick Q&A Part IV

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 know, I know. These “filler” posts aren’t what you came here for. But I do need a place to archive the responses I’ve been giving to journalists who’ve asked for written comments. So I keep them here.

Thus, today you get a quick summary of some of the nuggets of supposed insight I’ve been arrogantly sharing with those who foolishly think I have something useful to offer. (more…)

COVID19: Let’s Talk About 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)

It’s been a while since I updated this blog. That’s what happens when you have a newborn at home: time just sort of slips away. That’s my official excuse. But the real reason is that I kept waffling on a topic. I was going write about what a second COVID-19 wave would look like, or an update on vaccine research, or a response to one of those endless streams of pseudo-science that keeps erupting from this emergency, or a response to that special set of contrarians who make interesting non-mainstream COVID points, or that long awaited analysis of the Swedish experiment. I just couldn’t choose.

But a question that I thought had been well settled and well understood kept being brought up in media interviews. So that’s what I will talk about today: why we should be embracing masks. (more…)

COVID19: Asymptomatic vs Presymptomatic Spread

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)

This is a bit of a rushed “emergency” post, brought about because of a poorly worded statement by the World Health Organization that was then amplified by the media. To wit, “Asymptomatic spread of coronavirus is ‘very rare.’(more…)


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