Viruses

A picture of Omicron spread in South Africa

The researchers who first reported the Omicron variant have published their findings about the discovery of Omicron a few days ago. I will explain how they discovered Omicron by summarizing some of the findings...

Free-range SARS-Cov-2 infections in free-ranging white-tailed deer

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all! I hope that you are all managing well with the Omicron variant and that you still have been able to spend time with your...

The new B.1.1.529 variant and Canada: a COVID-19 development to monitor

In Canada, we have been very fortunate to see a high vaccination rate and a relatively slow increase in SARS-Cov-2 cases compared with other countries. As a case in point, Ontario is seeing 927...

The UK strain that’s come to Canada – a primer

Two weeks before Christmas, BBC reported of a new SARS-Cov-2 variant spreading in Southeastern England1. Termed lineage B117 or VUI-202012/01, this SARS-Cov-2 variant was first identified in Kent County, England on September 20th and...

PEG and the vaccine: Ensuring safety in SARS-Cov-2 vaccination by monitoring allergic responses

Last evening, an article from Reuters shared by Global News stated that five people who were administered the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech SE experienced an adverse allergic reaction after administration1. Given that...

“Beware the Ides of March”: Tapping into the potential of tracking SARS-Cov-2 outbreaks using sewage

Here is the link to the promising diagnostics paper I talk about in this blog post. "Beware the Ides of March". The famous five words from William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar foreshadowing the assassination of the...

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