Doctors warn holidays will likely bring COVID-19 infections – CBC

‘The peaks are lower, but the troughs are higher,’ epidemiologist says of COVID waves

Dec 19, 2022

Ottawa’s wastewater data shows that the COVID-19 signal is 10 times higher than it was last December before Omicron hit, but the biggest difference between this year and last year is how much people care, according to an epidemiologist.

Raywat Deonandan, an epidemiologist and associate professor at the University of Ottawa, says this year people are lacking “the existential dread” of the holidays in 2021.

“There’s almost no concern this season. [But] the hospital situation is worse, so there’s less room at the inn this time around,” Deonandan said.

“I think people should be more careful about behaviours that may require them to seek emergency medical care because that care might not be there if you need it.”

Paired with other respiratory illnesses, he says the health-care system is facing a high-pressure holiday season.

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