Caroline Colijn, Paul Tupper, and Himani Boury

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Throughout the pandemic, BC has been, relatively speaking, a good place to be. BC was testing and monitoring for COVID-19 in January and February. Travellers from affected areas quarantined after arriving home. Some residents were wearing masks and avoiding restaurants and gatherings even in February, and BC even detected a case from Iran before Iran was designated as an “affected area”. When transmission began to take off, following among other things a dental conference in March, BC acted swiftly — declaring a public health emergency on March 17th.


Paul Tupper, Caroline Colijn

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School has been back in session for two months in BC and the pandemic is nowhere near ending. As case numbers rise in BC there are two important questions: How safe are schools for children and teachers? — — and how much will classroom contact contribute to the spread of the virus in the community? School has been open long enough now that we begin to have some answers to these questions.

There have been many exposures: situations where an infectious student has attended class. But the vast majority of these incidents have not led to…


Caroline Colijn, Paul Tupper

Currently things appear to be returning to normal in British Columbia. While in other parts of North America the pandemic rages, here, although cases are growing, the number remains small. Schools in BC were closed abruptly in March in response to COVID-19, but were then reopened in June without leading to disaster. The pandemic has appeared to be under control for most of the summer. With this background, the BC Government announced the reopening of schools for September. …


Caroline Colijn, Paul Tupper, and Himani Boury

So far, BC has been one of the best places to live in the world during the pandemic. When COVID-19 first came here, it was controlled for weeks with strong contact tracing, testing and reporting, and changes to long-term care. Travelers and others at risk were willing to isolate and keep contacts low. After transmission took off, it was detected early, and was slowed very effectively without strict lockdowns or fines; parks mainly stayed open, people cooperated with health guidelines and Dr Henry’s calm updates showed British Columbians how well we were doing…

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