PHAC Wastewater Surveillance Program for COVID-19

The virus that causes COVID-19 infection (SARS-CoV-2) can be detected in the stool of infected people over a significant portion of their illness. This provides an opportunity to test and monitor wastewater (sewage) for the presence of COVID-19 in communities and institutional settings (e.g. long-term care facilities) without the need for individual testing. Wastewater surveillance…

PHAC Agent-Based Models on COVID-19

Agent-based models (ABMs) can systematically simulate actions and interactions of independent “agents” that can represent people, places and/or objects within a predefined environment. These models aim to evaluate the success of public health interventions depending upon community structure and population dynamics.

Updates on COVID-19 Variants of Concern (VOC)

As of January 21, 2022 there have been 5 SARS-CoV-2 Variants of concern (VOC) that have emerged and undergone transmission around the world. A variant becomes a concern when it exhibits features of increased infectivity and/or transmissibility.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is caused by SARS-COV-2 coronavirus, a virus strain never previously identified in humans. The genetic sequence indicates that it is a betacoronavirus, closely linked to the SARS virus. The government of Canada has issued COVID-19 pandemic guidance for the health sector for federal, provincial and territorial health authorities.

Infectious Questions: What health professionals should know about COVID-19 (2019-nCoV)

To support public health knowledge translation during the current outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus, NCCID is releasing a Q+A podcast series for public health professionals and health care practitioners in Canada. Listener submissions and feedback will drive podcast topics. Please contact NCCID Communications Coordinator Chris Davis to submit questions on 2019-nCoV and COVID-19 for future episodes. Listen below or…

Changes in the incidence of seasonal influenza in response to COVID-19 social distancing measures: an observational study based on Canada’s national influenza surveillance system

An ecological study using data from Canada’s national influenza surveillance system to investigate whether social distancing measures to control COVID-19 reduced the incident cases of seasonal influenza.