Canada is on its way to a fourth wave of COVID-19, according to one expert, but he said it will look very different depending on your vaccination status.
According to Dr. Colin Furness, an infection control epidemiologist and assistant professor at the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, there will be a stark divide between those who are fully or partially vaccinated and those who are unvaccinated.
“We’re going to have a fourth wave in the fall. I think that’s pretty clear,” Furness told Narcity via Zoom. “But the fourth wave will be driven by and suffered by unvaccinated people, millions of them.”
Can fully vaccinated people relax?
Furness said it will be “rare” for a fully vaccinated person to end up in the ICU, and the numbers suggest it will be rare to even catch COVID-19 at all.
According to data from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), cases of COVID-19 in fully vaccinated Canadians make up approximately 0.5% of all reported COVID-19 cases since the vaccine rollout began.*
Additionally, only 0.2% of Canadians who received a single dose of a COVID-19 vaccine reported a COVID-19 case after the fact.
So while fully vaccinated Canadians can relax a bit, Furness said caution is still required — especially in environments like large indoor gatherings.
“My message to anybody who’s been vaccinated is you still want to be careful,” he explained. “You don’t want to expose yourself to COVID. You just don’t want to do that.”
What’s the risk of being unvaccinated?
Furness cautioned that the risk of COVID-19 is much higher this summer than it was last summer for unvaccinated people, largely due to more dangerous strains of COVID-19.
“The Delta variant, for example, is about 50 or 60% more transmissible than [the Alpha variant, which is] 50 or 60% more transmissible than the original strain,” Furness said. “So you’re more than twice as likely to get infected in a given situation.”
“That means […] aerosols, specifically, those small particles that float around, […] last summer, you may have been exposed, but to a very low viral dose that didn’t get you sick. This summer, the same exposure could get you very sick indeed. So if you’re unvaccinated, your risk has gone a lot higher,” he added.
Why are some people still unvaccinated?
“Millions” of Canadians are still unvaccinated, Furness said, though he expects the number to go down as the risk becomes more and more evident for those without protection from COVID-19.
That said, he explained that people need to reserve judgement sometimes when it comes to unvaccinated people.
“People who don’t want to get vaccinated are actually suffering primarily a problem of trust. That may not be their fault at all,” Furness said.
“If you belong to an ethnic group that has been on the short end of the stick with respect to state interference or provision of health care, there’s not a lot to trust.”
Instead, Furness said Canadians should approach the issue with compassion.
“Soon as we start name-calling, I think we have to sort of give up and say, ‘Well, we’re not even trying to change people’s minds.’ That’s what I want to do. I want to change people’s minds.”
Health Canada has a robust website with all the latest information on the vaccines and can answer any questions you may have. Click here for more information.
*This article has been updated.
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After continuous back and forth between Facebook and Apple regarding an iOS app for Facebook’s gaming service, the social networking platform has followed Microsoft and Amazon’s route and has published a web app for iPhone and iPad users which will be found on Facebook Gaming’s website, instead of the App Store.
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I think I may have bought the plant because of the name, Jethro Tull, a name that’s been stuck in the trivia section of my head forever. It’s likely I learned of the real Jethro Tull in a history class when I was in school — long enough ago to call that period of my life historical. He was the 17th-century agriculturalist who perfected a horse-drawn seed drill in 1700 that modernized farming of the day. Or maybe it was the 60s rock band by that name which I probably listened to and added to the trivia pile. They’re still around, and ironically, they have a song called “Living in the Past.” For whatever reason it’s so named, the more current Jethro Tull is a cultivated variety of coreopsis that is now growing nicely in my garden.
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Somewhere in the garden, there might be a Coreopsis rosea ‘American Dream’. It’s a pink variety and unlike other species of Coreopsis, it isn’t as tolerant of drought as it needs damp soil to thrive. I’m afraid I might not have given that one what it needed; however, the others are doing just fine.
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Because they’re loved by bees and butterflies alike, and so easy, every garden should have coreopsis. Don’t be concerned about the common name tickseed. The plant does not attract ticks, nor does it repel them. It relates to the botanical name, Coreopsis, which comes from the Greek words koris meaning bug and opsis, referring to the shape of the seed which resembles a bug or tick.
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I must go sit in the garden with one while I catch up with an old rock band.
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EA live-streamed its EA Play Live event yesterday evening with a raft of interesting trailers, reveals, gameplay footage, and other news. You can catch up on the full live stream embedded below, and later in the article I will give you times to skip to, to see the part of the show about a particular game.
One of the biggest announcement s/ surprises of the show was kept until last (video: 1hr 27mins 30s). EA heralded the return to Ishimura, with the announcement of a Dead Space remake. It says Motive is remaking this survival sci-fi horror classic and rebuilding it from the ground up for modern PC and console architectures.
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