This page is devoted to providing links to a wide variety of articles and videos related to the current pandemic. With the exception of the Whiteboard Doctor resource which contains multiple links, the title for each article is also the link which will take you to the corresponding resource.
Whiteboard Doctor: Explanatory YouTube videos on current COVID concerns
This is a collection of readily understandable whiteboard explanations of important aspects of the current state of the pandemic by a group of practicing US physicians. Videos are up to 30 minutes in length. Some have multiple topics, so you can scroll forward to the topic of interest. Just click on the corresponding link below. Note that, unless you have a YouTube premium subscription, you will be interrupted by occasional Youtube ads. Just wait out the four-second countdown and click to resume the video at the exact point of interruption. You can skip the site’s standard intro by scrolling ahead 40 seconds.
Long Term Gastrointestinal Effects Of Previous COVID-19 Infection (May 12, 2023 – Recent research findings related to the increased risk of being diagnosed one of a variety of gastrointestinal disorders in the months or year following recovery from a COVID infection)
COVID-19 Infection And Increased Risk Of Autoimmune Disease (May 7, 2023 – Recent research findings related to the increased risk of being diagnosed one of a variety of autoimmune diseases in the months or year following recovery from a COVID infection)
ARCTURUS Most Common Symptoms – The New COVID-19 Omicron Variant XBB.1.16 Symptoms And More! (Apr 21, 2023 – What you need to know about the latest Omicron subvariant which will likely be challenging XBB.1.5 for dominance in the weeks ahead)
Omicron Variants BQ and XBB – Immunity After Vaccination, Bivalent Booster, Previous Infection (Dec 20, 2022 – Click here for a better understanding of how these latest variant readily evade our current immunity from both vaccinations and prior infection)
Long Term Effects Of COVID-19 Reinfection On The Body – Long COVID, Mortality, Organ Dysfunction (Sept 18, 2022 – An excellent summary of the latest evidence regarding the long-term health risks that we face in the all-too-likely event that we experience multiple bouts of COVID)
[Globe and Mail podcast – January 11, 2023]
This 18-minute podcast provides a thorough Canadian summary of what’s currently known about XBB.1.5, including precautions and the degree of protection offered by the latest bivalent booster shots.
[by Andrew Nikiforuk in TheTyee on December 21, 2022]
Clearly and succinctly, noted journalist Andrew Nikiforuk zeros in on ten really important facts that public health officials who fear the consequences of contradicting the political messages of our current provincial governments are unable or unwilling to convey. With the much more highly transmissible BQ.1, BQ.1.1, XBB and XBB.1 variant now rolling in to Canada, this is well worth reading in advance of family and office holiday gatherings.
[by 28 of the world’s most respected public health experts; published on September 14, 2022]
This report provides the definitive report card on the world’s response to this global health emergency, the real death rate from which is estimated to be approaching 18 million people, and documents both the lessons learned and what it would take to both end it and ensure that it is never repeated. As reported by Andre Picard in the September 20 Globe and Mail, the Commission grades most governments a resounding “F” for their failures. As we have long pointed out on this site, that very much includes Canada both federally and provincially.
[by Andrew Nikiforuk in TheTyee on September 8, 2022]
If you’re concerned about what’s coming next with this pandemic, the potential implications for your own health and that of your loved ones, and/or what you can best do to protect yourselves, this is a must-read article. All of the data and analysis that we have reviewed for the this site, as well as the noted epidemiologist who we’ve consulted, confirm the credibilty of Nikiforuk’s excellent summary.
[TV Ontario interviews Dr. Fahad Razak, the Scientific Director of the Ontario Science Table]
Through most of this pandemic, the Science Table has served as the most trusted source of up-to-date information and guidance on COVID-19. It’s most important value was its independence from the Ford Government, which left it free to give us the straight science, untainted by pressure to adhere to the ruling party’s self-serving messaging. As public health was increasingly politicized, it remained a beacon of rational, evidence-based advice. That, of course could not be allowed to continue and, quite predictably, the government has moved to terminate it.
Under the heading “A Trusted Source Gone”, the Toronto Star wrote, “The science table’s peerless pandemic dashboard would be eliminated, its access to data gone, its projects stranded. In its place, Public Health Ontario would establish a hand-picked 15-person advisory group with no formal scientific director, limited independence from PHO or the chief medical officer of health – no ability to unilaterally choose topics of study, for instance – and far less clinical expertise.”
[by Andrew Nikiforuk in The Tyee on July 4, 2022]
The past few weeks have seen a succession of trends reversals and other significant pandemic-related changes. This article does an excellent if scary job of connecting all those dots. A noted epidemiologist who reviewed the text at our request was of the opinion that it is both accurate and well done. The article paints a pretty grim picture, especially with respect to the effects on one’s health of multiple successive COVID infections, a concern which we have repeately voiced on this site.
[by Jennifer Hulme in HealthyDebate on May 26, 2022]
Dr. Hulme is a Toronto emergency physician and researcher who is herself a Long COVID sufferer. She makes some important points about the current status of this important but insufficiently well understood facet of the current pandemic. For more information, her article links to this comprehensive overview that was published The Atlantic in September of last year: Long-Haulers are Fighting for their Future. For another physician’s less lengthy Long Covid journey, view this Whiteboard Doctor video.
[The Tyee – May 3, 2022]
A lot has been written and said about our “freedom” to choose what protective measures we wish to follow, but there’s another side to that coin – the costs borne by those more susceptible than us to COVID infection. Those who wish Canada to emulate the current American view of freedom appear to be ignorant of George Washington’s 1777 smallpox vaccine mandate for his soldiers who fought at Valley Forge.
[Scientific American – May 2022 Issue]
Unlike the other articles on this page, there’s no point in providing a link since it’s paid and subscriber content. But the new scientific understanding of this virus is just so fascinating that it needs to be shared. We’ve therefore written a summary with a link to the full article should you decide that you want to read more.
[Public Heath Ontario; April 8, 2022 ]
This document provides a through, very-well-researched, expert summary of the spread of BA.2, what makes it different, its risks and implications, and how we can best protect ourselves. That’s very important because, for the first time in this pandemic, both fully vaccinated people are getting infected and those who have already recovered from one or more bouts of COVID are being re-infected. While this document is from Public Health Ontario, an agency that is regrettably under the control of the Ford government, the authors appear to have been dared to present facts which contradict Mr. Ford’s “pandemic is done” re-election message (albeit not going quite so far as actually stating the obvious point that the lifting the indoor mask mandate was a huge mistake which needs to be rectified).
[By Andrew Nikiforuk in The Tyee, April 4, 2022]
This excellent, impeccibly-researched article masterfully and succinctly covers most of the issues and concerns upon which we have been focussing in this site while providing some additional facts and references.
[Saskatoon StarPheonix, January 24, 2022]
While we have switched to officially-published COVID death-rate statistics as the last reasonably-reliable metric for the severity of this pandemic, research findings suggest that they can also be quite misleading, with Saskatchewan perhaps being Canada’s most egregious example. In jurisdictions where the official rates are suspect, researchers look for excess deaths above and beyond the historic norms to compensate for poor or deliberate misclassification of death records. That has been done for Saskatchewan, with the results pointing to Saskatchewan’s actual COVID deaths being seven times what the Province has admitted! That would be consistent with the Convervative Moe government’s track record of having been Canada’s least effective and most reluctant pandemic manager. For a better understanding of that methodology, see this Royal Society of Canada report covering the first half of the pandemic.
[William Haseltine in Forbes]
This is an important article which provides the fundamentals for better understanding Omicron as a family of three related variants, as well as why and how they differ from their prececessors.