5 Things to Know on CTVNews.ca Wednesday, December 29, 2021: Quebec Healthcare Professionals, Omicron Antibodies, and Icy Cold

Quebec asks some health workers infected with COVID-19 to continue working; researchers identify antibodies that they say can neutralize Omicron; and icy cold are breaking several records in western Canada. Here’s what you need to know to start your day

1. COVID-19 in Canada: After breaking another record for new COVID-19 cases, Quebec is asking certain COVID-positive health workers to continue working.

2. Identified antibodies: A team of researchers has identified antibodies that they say can neutralize Omicron and other COVID-19 variants.

Freezing cold: In BC, 21 minimum temperature records have been broken. Temperatures are expected to fall below -20 C again today.

4. PCR tests: The emergence of Omicron has been accompanied by a requirement for PCR tests. It has been challenging to get an appointment, with some weeks long delays.

5. Alexa ‘error’: Amazon has fixed an “error” with its virtual assistant after a girl was asked to plug a crown into an electrical outlet as part of a “challenge”.

One more thing…

A helpful flipper: In connection with difficult conditions in Antarctica, oceanographers have recruited and equipped seals with sensors to help with their research.

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