More COVID infections now than during some pandemic points, wastewater data shows – CBC

The region is in the middle of the respiratory infection season, top doc says

Jan 02, 2024

As COVID wastewater data hits significant highs in the Middlesex-London area, more cases of the virus and other respiratory infections can be expected in the new year, says the region’s top doctor.

The start of 2024 will be the midst of respiratory virus season, with continued COVID activity and an increase in influenza infections and other cold and cough viruses, said medical officer of health Dr. Alex Summers.

“The key thing to take away from the wastewater data, as well as other markers of COVID and other respiratory virus activity in Ontario, is that it is respiratory virus season and there is a lot of illness out there right now,” he said.

COVID wastewater data across the province has spiked, and it appears to be even higher than at points during the pandemic, said Summers.

“Here in the southwestern Ontario region, it’s fairly levelled but its very high”, he said. “Throughout the fall, we’ve seen increasing levels of COVID within our wastewater all telling us the COVID virus continues to circulate at a high rate in Ontario.”

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