EDITORIAL: A COVID wave without lockdowns
The fearmongering over a sixth wave of COVID-19 infections across Canada is getting out of hand. It’s important that any rise in cases and even hospitalizations be put in their proper context.
It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that there is a “spring surge” in virus cases. This was anticipated because this is how seasonal viruses tend to function.
The data has helped us understand who is at low-risk and who is high-risk. Vaccines are protecting against severe outcomes.
Testing policies are now largely geared towards identifying high-risk persons early. Treatments like paxlovid exist to shorten people’s hospital stays.
The general public has been discussing COVID for two years — they’re well-positioned to make their own informed risk assessments at this point.