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 new cases today amid a continued gradual reopening process 1. Conversely, countries across Europe like Austria, Slovakia, Netherlands, and Belgium haveContinue reading “The new B.1.1.529 variant and Canada: a COVID-19 development to monitor”

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 reached 1108 cases as of December 13th, 20202. In response to the strain’s emergence, Canada became one of several countries toContinue reading “The UK strain that’s come to Canada – a primer”

“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 Roman Emperor. I was reminded of the quote while watching a Youtube Video detailing the history of the assassination inContinue reading ““Beware the Ides of March”: Tapping into the potential of tracking SARS-Cov-2 outbreaks using sewage”