COVID-19 experts warn of risks of summer surge as N.B. hazard index leads country – CBC

1 in 42 New Brunswickers currently infected, says infectious disease researcher

Jun 28, 2024

Two infectious disease experts are warning New Brunswickers about the risks of COVID-19 heading into the summer, when they say many people mistakenly believe infections decrease.

New Brunswick has the highest COVID-19 risk index in the country right now — more than double the national average, according to Tara Moriarty, an infectious disease researcher and lead of COVID-19 Resources Canada, which produces a weekly forecast.

The province is listed as “severe” for June 22 to July 5, with a score of 28.2, based on current infections and spread, health-care system impact and mortality. Canada’s overall rate is 13.6.

No breakdowns by province are currently available, but Moriarty said an estimated one in 42 New Brunswickers are currently infected “and could be infecting other people.”

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