International research review

What the research tells us about COVID-19 in long-term care residents and older Canadians

Older Canadians have shouldered a disproportionately heavy burden of severe illness and death during the COVID-19 pandemic. As of September 16th, 2022, people over age 70 have accounted for 82% of all deaths, 35% of all intensive care admissions, and 50% of all hospital admissions due to SARS-CoV-2 infection in Canada.

2022-09-29T17:10:22-04:00September 28, 2022|International research review|

What we know about COVID & pregnancy

Pregnant people are at an increased risk of adverse effects from SARS-CoV-2 infection (the infection that causes COVID-19 disease) and are more likely to be admitted to an intensive care unit compared to non-pregnant individuals (1-4). Overall, people with COVID-19 who are pregnant are 2.65 times more likely to require hospitalization and 5.46 times more likely to be admitted to ICU than non-pregnant individuals with COVID-19 (4). COVID-19 has also been associated with increased risks of preeclampsia, preterm birth, and other adverse pregnancy outcomes (5). Thus, vaccination is an important tool for ensuring a healthy pregnancy.

2022-09-02T10:05:22-04:00August 4, 2022|International research review|

Infection-acquired immunity to SARS-CoV-2 is not as strong as vaccine-induced immunity

As of April 26, 2022, more than 3.7 million SARS-CoV-2 infections and approximately 38,847 COVID-19-related deaths have been reported in Canada. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommends COVID-19 vaccinations for all Canadians over the age of 5, including those who have been previously infected.

2022-04-27T15:57:45-04:00April 27, 2022|International research review|

Vaccinating Children against COVID-19: the Benefits Outweigh the Risks

As a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is now available for school-aged children, it is important to reflect on the multiple streams of benefits arising from their rapid roll-out. Successful immunization campaigns protect children from severe disease, help lower community transmission of the virus, allow the re-establishment of social networks, see the continuance of in-class schooling, and permit the full resumption of extra-curricular activities.

2022-04-06T15:35:17-04:00December 1, 2021|International research review|
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