COVID: fall 2022


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Here we are:

And where we have been:

One data point to add to the galaxy thereof: at today’s science forum at Massey College, among the people sitting at the front the ones wearing masks along with me included the college’s chair of science and an Order of Canada-winning astrophysicist.

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. October 3, 2022 at 1:16 pm

The next COVID wave is already starting in Canada. Here’s why this one should be different

Canada recommends everyone 12 and older to get a fall booster three to six months after their last vaccine or infection

. October 5, 2022 at 12:10 pm

The basic outline is this: According to an article in the New York Times, Maitland Jones Jr. is one of the nation’s top organic chemistry professors. He was tenured at Princeton, wrote an influential textbook, retired and went on to teach at NYU on an annual contract basis, where he won awards for his teaching.

This year, though, he was sacked – after 82 of the 350 students in his course signed a petition because, they said, their low scores demonstrated that his class was too hard. A spokesman for the university told the Times in defense of their decision to terminate Jones’s contract that the professor had been the target of complaints about “dismissiveness, unresponsiveness, condescension and opacity about grading. It’s worth noting that according to the Times, students expressed surprise that Jones was fired, which their petition did not call for. (Full disclosure: I was an adjunct in the NYU journalism department in the Spring 2022 semester).

For his part, Jones says that he noticed a decline in student ability about a decade ago. He made his exams easier; an unusual number of students still did poorly on them. Then, the pandemic hit. “In the last two years, they fell off a cliff,” Jones wrote in a grievance letter to NYU. “We now see single digit scores and even zeros.”

Jones isn’t alone in observing this dynamic. A great many experts in education have observed and quantified grade inflation and lowered academic standards. And the pandemic does seem to have turbocharged existing problems, while creating brand-new ones. Remote learning was a spectacular failure.

. October 17, 2022 at 4:38 pm

BA. 275.2: new Omicron subvariant can evade nearly all protective antibodies: study | CTV News

. October 24, 2022 at 7:42 pm

Quick and stealthy new Covid-19 variants are poised to drive a winter surge | CNN

. October 30, 2022 at 8:22 pm

Alberta government to try to prohibit COVID-19 mask mandates in schools, Smith says | CBC News

. November 11, 2022 at 1:29 pm
. November 12, 2022 at 12:32 pm
. November 13, 2022 at 7:25 pm

Ford tells Ontarians to ‘wear a mask’ ahead of top doctor’s expected recommendation

. November 15, 2022 at 1:34 pm
. November 25, 2022 at 8:15 am

Alberta bans masking mandates in schools, guarantees in-person learning

Alberta schools remove masking requirement despite wave of viral illnesses sending thousands of students home sick

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