Q&A: Dr. Janice Fitzgerald on new variants, vaccines and life with COVID-19 – CBC

N.L.’s chief medical officer of health monitoring new variants ahead of winter season

Oct 27, 2022

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Janice Fitzgerald has been at the forefront of the province’s response.

As the public returns to everyday life with COVID-19 more than two years later, vaccines are widely available, and many measures have been relaxed or lifted altogether. However, Fitzgerald says while the public may have largely settled into life with COVID-19, we must remain vigilant.

Fitzgerald recently spoke to the CBC’s Leigh Anne Power about the province’s current COVID-19 circumstances.

Q: When the pandemic began, even one death was alarming. Now we’re seeing three or four deaths a week, and it’s very quiet. Why do you think that is?

A: The nature, unfortunately, of what’s happened with COVID is that, you know, it has become quite a highly transmissible virus, and [it’s] very difficult to put measures in place to control that, whereas previously, we were able to do that.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/qa-janice-fitzgerald-covid-1.6631789

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