Doctors are advising caution as health officials suspect the omicron wave could peak across Canada.
“This is great news right now, but we have to be aware of one thing: we influenced this wave,” said Dr. Peter Jüni, the scientific director of the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, to Joyce Napier on CTV’s Power Play Friday.
“It’s important to keep doing what we’re doing. Open slowly and really, really speed up those third doses,” said Dr. june
In a Friday COVID-19 update, Dr. Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam said early indicators suggest Omicron infections may have peaked across the country. However, she warned that hospitalizations and admissions to intensive care units are increasing.
“Not only is it tough in hospitals right now, it’s almost like people aren’t getting the same quality of care that they were six months ago,” said Dr. Infectious Disease Specialist Lisa Barrett to Power Play. “That is not acceptable.”
Ontario has a three-phase plan to lift its COVID-19 restrictions. That begins January 31 with the reopening of gyms and indoor dining.
“We have to be very careful that we don’t accelerate again and have more growth, which will lead to even more strain in our hospitals,” said Dr. june
dr Juni and Dr. Barrett discuss the Omicron wave in the video at the top of this article.