May 18, 2022

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The beginning of the sixth wave in Quebec

The beginning of the sixth wave in Quebec

The easing of health measures in Quebec has contributed to the recent increase in Kovid cases in Quebec and this revival is inevitable.

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This is what Benoit Barbeau, a professor of biological sciences and specialist in virology at the University of Quebec (UQAM) in Montreal, believes. According to him, the increase in cases was also explained by the increased transmissibility of the BA.2 sub-variant.

“We have to learn to live with the virus, its variants and sub-variants. We increase contacts, so the chances of transmission are high, ”he stressed.

According to recent data from the National Institutes of Public Health in Quebec, there was an increase of 2,203 cases in the province on Friday. Two weeks ago, the number of new daily cases was less than 1,400.

“We should not think that the fifth wave is the last. Even though we are in the sixth wave now, I do not believe it is in the fifth wave, ”the expert restrained.

He believes Quebeckers should be optimistic because of the “residual immunity in the population after omicron and vaccine coverage”.

More aggressive method

According to him, more efforts should be made to increase PCR tests and increase the supply of test sites.

“We need to be more vigilant when it comes to infection cases,” he said. The Quebec government needs to be more aggressive to better understand the epidemiological situation, “said Barbeau.

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As for the fourth dose, it is the most important of all for people with infections.

“At the general population level, we can not think about getting an extra dose of the vaccine every 3-4 months, especially since this vaccine looks like the original virus,” he said.