75 per cent of Canadians were infected with COVID-19 by March 2023, study finds – CTV

Aug. 17, 2023

A recent study finds that 75 per cent of the Canadian population had detectable antibodies from COVID-19 through infections by March 2023.

Researchers from the COVID-19 Immunity Task Force (CITF), in collaboration with seven research studies, shared the findings in a study published in the Canadian Medical Association journal on Monday.

Researchers studied the Canadian population’s trends in infection and vaccination in three phases: prevaccination (March to Nov. 2020), vaccine roll-out (Dec. 2020 to Nov. 21), and the arrival of the Omicron variant (Dec. 2021 to March 2023). They also measured infection rates by geographical region and age using a time-series approach and data from more than 900,000 individual samples from 10 provinces.

According to the study, in the first two phases, seroprevalence — the number of people in a population who test positive for a specific disease — from infection was low, with less than 0.3 per cent of the Canadian population exposed to the virus in July 2020 and soon reaching nine per cent in Nov. 2021.

Read more: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/75-per-cent-of-canadians-were-infected-with-covid-19-by-march-2023-study-finds-1.6522445

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