COVID-19 in Canada

Rapid response COVID-19 antigen test devices pictured in Kingston, Ont. on Dec. 10, 2021. (Lars Hagberg/CP)

With the Omicron variant on the rise, should you attend your work Christmas party?

Vaxx Populi: Even if you’re double-vaxxed and you take a rapid test before arriving, the odds may not be in your favour
A security man stands guard outside a ward being prepared for the omicron coronavirus in Ahmedabad, India, on Dec. 6, 2021. (Ajit Solanki/AP)

Omicron variant will likely be worse than Delta, according to early research

Vaxx Populi: Omicron has a higher effective reproduction number than Delta, so can vaccines protect against more hospitalizations and deaths? Time will tell.
A pupil takes a Corona antigen rapid test in Cologne, Germany on Apr. 9, 2021. (Marius Becker/ AP)

What to do as we walk into the pandemic’s fifth wave

Vaxx Populi: If the worsening situation in Europe is foreshadowing what’s to come, get ready, Canada
A woman waits at a bus stop byt a sign warning members of the public about a "Coronavirus variant of concern' in Hounslow, west London on June 1, 2021. - A rise in cases of the Delta Covid-19 variant, first identified in India, could "pose serious disruption" to Britain's reopening plans, Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned last week. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

COVID-19 variant of concern B.1.1.7 has a new name: Alpha. Will it stick?

An expert group has recommended using letters of the Greek alphabet like Alpha, Beta and Gamma as ’easy-to-pronounce and non-stigmatizing labels’ for COVID variants