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BCCDC publishes COVID-19 opinion in British Columbia Medical Journal

An opinion column was published by the BC Centre for Disease Control and the Offices of the Provincial Health Officer and Deputy Provincial Health Officer on sustained community transmission of COVID-19 in B.C., and how B.C.'s response may look like in the months ahead.

Below is an excerpt from the British Columbia Medical Journal:

"If sustained local transmission occurs, the focus of the intervention will shift. Testing for COVID-19 will decrease even as community cases increase, as we shift from containment to mitigation. People with mild symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (or with other respiratory illnesses), in whom knowledge of the infectious agent would not change management, will be asked to self-isolate without testing. Testing capacity will focus on severe cases and on sentinel surveillance, which will allow us to estimate the total disease burden and monitor trends in disease activity in our communities."

BC Medical Journal

CBC News: Dr. Bonnie Henry says COVID-19 tests have false negative rate as high as 30 per cent

From CBC News:

B.C.'s provincial health officer says that mass testing continues to be an ineffective strategy to slow transmission of COVID-19 because it has a false negative rate as high as 30 per cent in people who are infected but don't show symptoms.

At her daily briefing on Monday, Dr. Bonnie Henry said testing is not as sensitive as health officials expected it to be earlier in the crisis.

"The testing, unfortunately, doesn't tell us the whole story. People can be negative one minute and positive within an hour ... The false negative rate can be as high as 30 per cent early on in infection."

For the full story, visit CBC's website.

Zoom Symposium with Dr. Bonnie Henry: April 9, 2020

The BC Centre for Disease Control and the University of British Columbia have put together a virtual symposium with Dr. Bonnie Henry and a wealth of other health workers contributing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

More information is available on the UBC website.

Topics will include:

  • diagnostics, genomics and transmission dynamics
  • clinical trials and patient management
  • epidemiology and public health response
  • social dynamics, communications and trust
  • development of therapeutics and vaccines

Watch here