Sarah Otto, a modeling researcher at UBC, says British Columbians need to be diligent, especially with the Delta variant.
“I think we’re starting another wave and this other wave is due to a large increase in cases in the Delta, especially in communities that have lower vaccination rates. We see this echo to what is found in the UK, across Europe and in the US as well, ”she explained.
Otto says the recent increase in the number of cases – particularly in the interior of British Columbia – suggests infection rates have increased five-fold in communities where only about 70 percent of the population has received a dose. .
“This is how big a difference it can make whether your community is well vaccinated or not well vaccinated. And I think it helps frame things like you do for your neighbors, get vaccinated for your neighbors, because it helps protect everyone, ”she told NEWS 1130.
This echoes a point made by Dr Isaac Bogoch, a leading infectious disease specialist, last week. Bogoch said a fourth wave is inevitable in Canada – but its magnitude depends on vaccination rates.
He said “there are always risks” when restrictions are relaxed, and that it is important that officials and governments continue to monitor the situation closely, adding that they will need “to have the ability to pivot. If the situation should change.
Otto says that with bigger events going on right now, we need to keep an eye on what’s going on.
“We’re going to have to play touchdown and go – a little forward, a little back – in a moment. Even though the emergency orders were lifted in early July, people have not returned to everything is normal. In fact, people are always careful, ”she said. “As we open up we will need to find that level that can keep the caseload under control. “
She says a recent increase in COVID-19 cases shows that we probably need to change what we do if we are to prevent a surge in Delta infections.
“It can be done in a very targeted way by targeting communities that have lower immunization levels and making them really easy and really accessible, bringing vaccines to the people where they work, where they live and opening those conversations to. this subject is truly one of the safest vaccines we have ever had, ”added Otto.
British Columbia reported 112 new infections on Friday, more than half of which came from the Interior Health Region. These numbers were triple what we saw in the province just a week ago.