ON EVE OF 3RD ANNIVERSARY, COVID-19 IN CANADA ''STEADY'' : TAM
Mar 10, 2023
By Bob Komsic
Where’s the time gone?
Tomorrow marks three-years since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic.
Canada’s chief public health officer says the virus has reached ”a relatively steady state” in this country.
”In recent months there have been no distinct variant driven waves, such as the well-defined Alpha, Delta and initial Omicron waves seen previously,” Dr. Theresa Tam says.
”Likewise over the past six to eight-months, COVID-19 hospitalizations have been relatively stable despite the ongoing spread of Omicron sub-variants.”
She says population immunity is high because of vaccine uptake, combined with the immunity Canadians got from infection.
Tam adds health officials are continuing to watch for new strains that can evade immune systems.
She also says it’s possible Canada could be spared any new major waves in coming months but that, at the same time, warns this does not mean COVID is over.
Tam stresses those older or immuno-compromised continue to be disproportionately affected and urges anyone who has not been vaccinated or had a booster to get them.
The National Advisory Committee on Immunization recommends an additional bivalent booster this spring for adults at increased risk of severe illness if it’s been six-months or more since their last shot.
That includes seniors, long-term care residents and the immuno-compromised.