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Why the COVID-19 trend in Saskatoon could be cause for cautious optimism

Why the COVID-19 trend in Saskatoon may warrant cautious optimism

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  • The University of Saskatchewan study group is monitoring the city’s wastewater for traces of COVID-19, and experts in the area feel the pattern is cause for cautious optimism.

Experts in the city believe the pattern is grounds for cautious optimism, with the University of Saskatchewan research group monitoring the city’s wastewater for evidence of COVID-19, noting an 85% decline in its recent update.

“All of the folks I’ve known who had it are recovered and back to work, so I think that was shown in our numbers,” said one of the researchers, John Giesy.

Giesy feels the findings indicate that the city has reached the top of COVID-19’s sixth wave.

“It’s springtime, and that’s usually when things start to slow down, and we now have a lot of people with immunity.”

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An epidemiologist at the institution, Nazeem Muhajarine, concurs.

“Omicron has infected all of the susceptible persons it can infect, and it may be on the decline,” he said.

“I have to say it with caution because the Omicron level is still high, and so many individuals are getting COVID-19, and it’s all Omicron.”

The drop, according to Muhajarine, correlates with the introduction of second booster doses for persons aged 50 and up.

He said, “Many people are lining up and making appointments and bookings and receiving their second booster shot.”

“Another week, two weeks of ongoing decreases in viral load viral material in the wastewater would give us more confidence to observe that pattern,” says the researcher.

Why the COVID-19 trend in Saskatoon may warrant cautious optimism
Why the COVID-19 trend in Saskatoon may warrant cautious optimism. Image from CBC News

Other respiratory viruses had higher test positive in Saskatchewan than COVID-19, according to the province’s most recent weekly Covid-19 report, including respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) with 14% test positivity, influenza with 12%, and enterorhinovirus with 11%.

Other respiratory viruses, according to Muhajarine, are more likely to be present in the winter than in the spring and summer.

Long COVID is also a source of concern for Muhajarine.

“Some major studies have found that up to 30 to 33 percent of persons who are first infected have chronic symptoms and indicators, as well as persistent organ effects, including impacts in the brain, gut, lung, heart, and all these organ systems,” he said.

“We don’t understand everything there is to know about long COVID, so I strongly believe that anyone hesitant to get a booster dose, whether it’s the first or second, should do so because that’s how you keep long COVID at bay.”

Source: CTV News

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