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Canada battles increased COVID hospitilization while world sees hope with Pfizer antiviral pills

Canada is still in the grips of the Omicron variant of COVID 19 as shared by Toronto Public Health chief Dr. Eileen De Villa. The chief stated that “we continue to see a high level of COVID spread, including hospitalizations, ICU admissions, and deaths as Omicron rages.”

Poland health officials are of the view that the country is presently undergoing the fifth pandemic wave. The surge in COVID cases is said to worsen by the middle of February. 

However, the health boards are optimistic, saying that the wave has started declining, though there are no official records of the statement. Schools are once again readying for in-person classes. 

Additionally, the approval of Pfizer antiviral pills means that hospitals have a more concrete way of treating the flu-like pandemic. The African health officials are already insisting on allowing home treatments with the medicine. “If you have such drugs, people can test and treat themselves at home and not overwhelm the health system,” said John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “That is why treatments are very important.”

The pandemic has also affected airlines as WestJet stated that it will be cancelling 1 in 5 flights as the pandemic is spreading again. The move has also been necessary due to staff shortage. 

 

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