Canada surges past 2 Million COVID19 Cases as provinces struggle with Omicron
Since 21 December 2021, the Canadian Province of Quebec has experienced an increase of over 30,000 COVID-19 reported cases including Christmas Day but not boxing day. Biostatisticians say Canada’s actual infection numbers have risen by about 200,000 cases or 10% of the total cumulative case sum since the 20th of December.
Positive rating on testing is around 20% across Canada.
Sneezing, runny nose, sore throat, headache? Assume you have the Omicron variant of COVID-19 and self-isolate at home. That is the message of at least a dozen Canadian doctors FPMag contacted.
“Quebec is the only province of Canada which has maintained steady, 24/7/365 transparency on what it knows about COVID-19 public health data since January 2020,” explains Kathy Poon, an intern at the Civil Society Partners against COVID-19 tracking team in Singapore.
“It should be noted that with the number of home tests being used, case investigations and studies are no longer conducted as are contact tracing, which has been failing in North America for some time. Rapid testing kits are being preferred over Public Health PCR (reverse transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction) tests,” she added.
According to the CSPaC tracking team in Singapore, Canada’s actual infection numbers have risen by about 200,000 cases or 10% of the total accumulated since the 20th of December.
“Putting that in context, it is estimated that some 10,261,277 Canadians have been infected since early 2020, including untested patients showing no symptoms, or very mild symptoms. That number could be inflated by a large number of persons who have been infected twice,” explains Dr. Fred Harris, an infectious disease researcher and biostatistician, of the Civil Society Partners against COVID-19 tracking team in Singapore.
What do doctors say?
“Omicron is delivering a grand slam. It’s like this: if you have a runny nose, it is likely Omicron. Self isolate and stop the spread. Omicron needs this different response. Vaccines alone are not going to walk humans out of this Omicron crisis hence all the tools must be used. Mask up, wash-up, socially distance, maintain hand hygiene, stay home. Get a third vaccine dose after a maximum of three months, which is the eligibility milestone in most jurisdictions around the world. Wear well-fitted medical respirator masks just like health-care workers. Omicron stays in the air for a long time after people have left the area hence a respirator mask is needed,” says Dr. Nassima al Amouri, a medical director for a global NGO.
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Lagging Indicators prevent epidemiologists from knowing what patient outcomes will be but the vast majority of cases are either mild or nearly asymptomatic.
Hospitals across Canada are under huge pressure owing to the numbers of infections plus the numbers of tests that are needed for urgent care patients arriving for unrelated treatments.
Healthcare manpower versus volume of care requests is a ratio that may never have been this bad. Shortages of kits and reagents for testing are running low or in short supply in some regions of Canada, according to The Nurses Without Borders.
Vaccine effectiveness against SARS-CoV-2 infection with the Omicron or Delta variants following a two-dose or booster BNT162b2 or mRNA-1273 vaccination series: A Danish cohort study released 22 December 2021.
“Most provinces of Canada have been promoting booster shots but there are no Omicron-variant-specific vaccines. Thus far, around the world, statistically, the Moderna full dose booster has been most effective in preventing infection from Omicron. Moderna recommends two full doses at 100mcg and not the more frugal .50ml and .25 ml. But the success ratio is less than perfect, thus far. The mRNA pharmaceutical companies plan to have Omicron-specific vaccines available in March 2022,” says Dr. Harris.
“What we have available right now is 1273,” Dr. Paul Burton, Moderna’s chief medical officer, said in an interview last week.
“It’s highly effective, and it’s extremely safe. I think it will protect people through the coming holiday period and through these winter months, when we’re going to see the most severe pressure of Omicron,” said Dr. Burton.
“No boosters are guaranteeing the prevention of infection, but all may offer much protection against serious illness, according to closely studied data for the past 49 days, hence the advice of local public health officials on spread mitigation is crucial. It has been shown that most vaccines as they exist today are not effective whatsoever in protecting against Omicron infection,” says Dr. Harris.
None of the adenovirus vectored vaccines seem, according to early data, to have anything like a strong ability to protect against Omicron infection although AstraZenica claims an opposing view for its own vaccine where three doses have been taken. The Chinese vaccines are ineffective according to much data—including a study by two Hong Kong universities released Christmas eve which found that three doses of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine (CoronaVac) failed to provide sufficient antibodies to fend off Omicron.
Canada COVID-19 Data for January 18, 2022
Population: 38,585,269 adjusted for estimated real COVID-19 deaths
|Reported:||2,801,133||31,674 1.13% CFR||2,435,778||333,681|
|Estimate:||14,369,812||51,122 *0.36% IFR||12,495,541||1,711,784|
*Inferred IFR is an estimate only. The actual COVID-19 IFR may not be accurately calculated for the entire human race until long after the pandemic has ended.
The IHME estimates excess deaths in Canada to reach much higher than CSPaC estimates.
Note: Above is region/county Health Unit reports from the province of Ontario and the individual units.
Below: Extensive Estimates using data from multiple sources.
Beta experimental estimates for Canada. Reported + unreported mild + asymptomatic COVID-19 infections.
The total actual number of infections in Canada including all the untested, unreported, asymptomatic infections is likely greater than 14,369,812
(37.24% of the population) including mild and asymptomatic cases.
That would mean the estimated inferred average Infection Fatality Rate:
(IFR) is likely around 0.36%
Canadian COVID-19 deaths to 2022-01-18 are estimated to be 51,731 Using estimated IFR of 0.36% which is far below global average IFR.
51,731 (0.36% IFR) is the estimated number of Canadian COVID-19 deaths (based on the inferred IFR) including those deaths unreported as COVID-19). The IHME estimates excess deaths in Canada to reach much higher than CSPaC estimates.
51122 Is the estimated number of Canadian COVID-19 deaths based on a modified universal algorithm which factors more sophisticated public health infrastructure and also fewer available urgent care beds and facilities which is a problem in much of Canada in an emergency measures context.
The closeness of the two numbers derived from unique data and methods suggests their high probability. The blended data of three projections from three different biostatistician labs also confirms the estimates +/- .01%.
It is safe to say that Canadians have endured the grief of losing 51122 family members. Every number has a face. May their memory be forever a blessing to their families and friends.
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Ontario, Canada Reports
Ontario Regional Public Health Units (PHU) - Reported by Ontario Province.
|Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge||5,267||73||1.4%||4,331||863|
|Hastings & Prince Edward Counties||5,161||24||0.5%||4,118||1,019|
|Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington||7,967||26||0.3%||7,141||800|
|Leeds Grenville And Lanark District||4,915||67||1.4%||4,266||582|
|North Bay Parry Sound District||2,315||9||0.4%||2,002||304|
|Renfrew County And District||2,348||17||0.7%||1,919||412|
|Simcoe Muskoka District||28,701||296||1.0%||24,913||3,492|
|Sudbury And District||7,765||68||0.9%||6,177||1,520|
|Thunder Bay District||5,695||72||1.3%||4,790||833|