Infections are dropping but COVID-19 and the flu could be problems in the fall: Fitzgerald – CBC

Dr. Janice Fitzgerald says new infection rates are down, particularly in over-60 population

May 06, 2022

COVID-19 numbers are steadily dropping in Newfoundland and Labrador, but that doesn’t mean abandoning safety measures just yet, says the province’s chief medical officer of health.

Dr. Janice Fitzgerald said new infection rates are down — particularly in the over-60 population — hospital admissions with COVID-19 are dropping and work absences are down as well.

She said a number of factors are at work.

“We have a certain level of immunity,” she said in an interview with CBC News. “We’ve been very fortunate here that people have gotten vaccinated and then a lot of people have gotten boosted as well.”

But Fitzgerald said there has also been an increase in immunity due to the fact that more people have had COVID-19 and come through it.

“We know that the amount of disease that was spreading in the community certainly was higher than what we were testing. Four to six times higher. So we estimate that a significant proportion of the population has gotten natural [immunity] as well,” she said.

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