Sask. doctors encourage masking as COVID-19 wave expected to burden hospitals this fall – CBC

Aug 24, 2022

Doctors are concerned that without some masking from Saskatchewan residents, a forecasted wave of COVID-19 this fall could add to hospital admissions in an already thinly stretched health-care system.

Dr. Cory Neudorf, an epidemiologist and Saskatchewan Health Authority interim senior medical health officer, said there are already signs of an incoming wave, but it’s difficult to predict how it will affect the province given peoples’ waning immunity from vaccines and previous infection.

Despite that uncertainty, Neudorf expects that this wave — similar to previous waves in Saskatchewan — will press hospitals that are already overcapacity.

“They’re really stretched already — very, very little room for extra pressures right now,” he told Stefani Langenegger, host of CBC’s The Morning Edition.

He said the medical wards in Saskatoon and Regina are both overcapacity, with ICUs faring a little better.

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