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COVID-19 will have a “calm summer,” as per Ontario’s top doctor

COVID-19 will have a "quiet summer" according to Ontario's top doctor.

Key Takeaways:

  • COVID-19 levels in wastewater, as well as test positivity rates and the number of individuals admitted to hospitals because of the virus.
  • Moore, on the other hand, is already making preparations for the fall, when more activities migrate indoors, raising the risk of transmission.
  • According to Moore, Ontario has began delivering fourth doses to people aged 60 and up, but only 21.8 % of those in that age group have received them.

COVID-19 Ontario’s According to the province’s chief doctor, indications are trending in the right direction ahead of what appears to be a “quiet summer,” which might be followed by another round of immunizations for high-risk persons in the fall.

COVID-19 levels in wastewater, as well as the test positivity rate and the number of patients hospitalized due to the virus, are decreasing, according to Dr. Kieran Moore, the chief medical officer of health.

“I believe we’ll have a low level of endemic activities throughout the summer if we stay on this path,” he said. “I believe we will have a quiet summer with occasional activity in all of our towns.”

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On the other hand, Moore is already planning for the fall, when more activities move indoors, increasing the potential of transmission.

“We’re working on catching up on third doses during the summer,” Moore added, “as well as ensuring that individuals most at risk of severe consequences 60 years and up and/or immune-deficient in any way stay up to date with their immunizations.”

COVID-19 will have a "quiet summer" according to Ontario's top doctor.
COVID-19 will have a “quiet summer” according to Ontario’s top doctor. Image from CP24

“Then, in the fall, we’d have another round of vaccine for high-risk populations, which we’re anticipating, possibly with a more targeted vaccine for what’s currently circulating.” So, in addition to the main vaccine, it could incorporate a component that protects us against Omicron.”

Moore stressed the need to stay up to date on immunizations, regardless of whether virus activity is high or low, and urged people to obtain booster shots because immunity fades four to six months after the last dosage.

Since early April, Ontario has begun offering fourth doses to persons aged 60 and over, but only 21.8 percent of those in that age bracket have received them, according to Moore. The uptake rate among 80 and up is 40%, but fourth doses have been offered to long-term issues related for much longer.

Source: Global news

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