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POP BC Briefing: COVID-19 Testing: Strategies for Success

How can COVID-19 testing be used as a strategy to end the pandemic? What is the difference between rapid tests and PCR tests? How are rapid tests useful, and how are they used in other jurisdictions to allow people to congregate safely? And what is BC’s testing situation, and what can be done better to drive COVID-19 transmission down so we can participate in our daily lives safely, while also protecting the health care system?

Tune into Protect Our Province’s third briefing to find out!

Date: Wednesday, November 3

Time: 12 noon PDT

Where: ProtectBC.ca/Livestream 

Facilitator:

Melody Ma, Community Rapid Testing advocate, UBC Medical Laboratory Science alumna

Speakers:

Dr. Victor Leung, Infectious Disease physician and medical microbiologist specializing in infection prevention and control and Antimicrobial stewardship

Dr. Lisa Barrett, MD, PhD Clinician Investigator and Infectious Disease specialist, Dalhousie University, Department of Medicine. Pioneer of rapid testing programs in the community in Nova Scotia.

Paul Tupper, PhD, Professor, Canada Research Chair, Department of Mathematics at Simon Fraser University.

Archived Briefings from Protect Our Province BC

A Protect Our Province BC panel discussion about how we as a community, can pull together to create a safer learning environment for kids when school starts again in September! We can avoid another ‘tripledemic’ if we work together! Ready for Fall 2023? Briefing video:
“COVID-19 vaccination is safe during pregnancy and may protect newborns from infection, especially if vaccines are given in the second or third trimester. This is similar to what we are already doing with other maternal vaccines, including TDaP and seasonal influenza.” – Dr. Eastabrook
“If we had an epidemic of people with broken limbs and we saw people in plasters and crutches, it would be more evident. But there is a lot of disability that is happening, which is a hidden disability often, which is why we need to talk about it more, for people to understand what the consequences are. And that will help to make better decisions.” - Lynette

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