The Omicron wave has probably peaked in Canada: Tam

The Omicron wave has probably peaked in Canada: Tam

The latest COVID-19 wave driven by the Omicron variant may have reached its peak, with the average daily number of cases falling by 28 percent compared to the previous week, says Canada’s top public health official. But hospitalizations and intensive care units, which lag behind infections, are still rising. “ICU numbers are still rising sharply,” … Read more

Coronavirus: Omicron peaks in some provinces

The Omicron-driven fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be peaking in some provinces, while others say the worst is likely to come. The Saskatchewan Health Authority says it is preparing for a wave of COVID-19 hospitalizations and absenteeism among workers until mid-February, while Alberta says hospitalization rates are rising to levels not seen … Read more

Tam: Omicron infectious up to 10 days

OTTAWA – The latest evidence does not show that the Omicron variant is contagious for a shorter time than previous versions of the virus that causes COVID-19, said public health chief Dr. Theresa Tam Tuesday. But Tam told the House of Commons Health Committee that the large number of Omicron infections is stressing the workforce … Read more

A new exhibition collects maps from ‘The Lord of the Rings’, ‘Game of Thrones’ and other fictional worlds

Even writers who create artful fictional landscapes sometimes need directions. So much is clear in “Mapping fiction, ”A new exhibit at the Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens in California that explores how writers and cartographers have mapped amazing worlds both as and in contrast to our own. The show coincides with the centenary … Read more

Astronomers create the largest ever 3D map of the cosmos

You may have heard of Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Department of Energy. We reported on the project way back in 2016, when the team of scientists launched 5,000 small robots into space to help develop the first map of the universe beyond the earth. So in 2017, we reported … Read more

COVID-19: Experts worried about the next Omicron as more become infected

Omicron’s spread has been so widespread that few families have not been affected by it at all – and for some families, that means they have to worry about their children. In the Toronto area, Sarah Bankuti watched while her newborn baby Aviv spent Saturday in the hospital with COVID-19. “Very scary because my daughter, … Read more

Back to school in 4 provinces while Omicron spreads

OTTAWA – Parents and teachers in four provinces are preparing for students to return to the classroom on Monday as the Omicron variant fuel wave of COVID-19 continues to spread and there are still questions about how prepared the schools actually are is about to come back in full scale. Children in Ontario and Quebec, … Read more

‘I do not know where she is’: 7-year-old abducted by father who does not want her vaccinated

For two months, Mariecar Jackson has been trying to find her seven-year-old daughter, who she says was taken by her ex-husband to an unknown location because he did not want the girl to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Now Regina, the mother of the Sask. Area, is turning to the public for help in a desperate … Read more

Take a look at the largest and most detailed 3D map of the universe ever made

The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI), currently pointing toward the sky from its home in the Nicholas U. Mayall Telescope at the Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona, is tasked with mapping the expansion of space, examining dark energy and creating the most detailed 3D map of the universe that has ever been put together. … Read more