About the Blog

During his presidency, Dr Matthew Chow will be writing about his experiences and thoughts.

Doctors standing together united
September 17, 2021

The past 18 months have been traumatizing for our profession, and it’s got me worried.

Rising case counts, hospitalizations, and anti-vaxxer protests rightly occupy much of my time. I have spoken to these issues repeatedly in the media, doing as many as 11 interviews a day. Doctors of BC...

mask mandate
August 25, 2021

There has been a flurry of announcements in the past 48 hours. Let’s take stock of the current situation. 

The province has announced that proof of vaccination (a BC Vaccine Card) will be required to access a wide variety of discretionary indoor activities including dining at restaurants...

Kids getting ready for school year amid the pandemic
August 16, 2021

I want to provide a pandemic update in response to the situation we are facing with a Delta-driven fourth wave.

BC is experiencing a surge of cases driven primarily by unvaccinated individuals and under-vaccinated communities. While BC’s overall vaccine coverage is world-class — 82% of...

Young woman pondering
July 27, 2021

Nearly one in five British Columbians age 18-30 make up a significant cohort of individuals who, during the pandemic, made sacrifices to protect vulnerable populations, worked frontline jobs that benefitted the rest of us, yet were frequently accused of driving up COVID-19 numbers. They were...

Friends laughing in a park
July 16, 2021

I’m writing this blog from my parents’ home in Alberta where – now that recreational travel is permitted – I am taking much needed time to recharge. As a doctor, I couldn’t help but observe the profound changes around me as this province, and eventually our whole country, emerge from the COVID-...