It was a deep dive into how COVID-19 is moving through our province.
And researchers at the University of Manitoba say the result was not surprising.
Those who live in northern Manitoba, have lower incomes, or live in long-term care facilities are most at risk of contracting the virus.
Dr. Christiaan Righolt is the lead author of the study and a researcher at the Rady College of Health Sciences.
“We know that the less ability you have to isolate yourself when you have COVID symptoms, or the less ability to protect yourself from your work situation or how much space you have in your home, that does affect your risk,” Righolt said. said.
“So in those terms, it’s not surprising, but it’s a stark reminder of who is most vulnerable.”
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The population-based study used data from all laboratory-confirmed infections in Manitoba from March 2020 through May 2021.
“We looked at basic demographics like age and gender, but also where people resided and whether they lived in high- or low-income areas, in which region of Manitoba, and we also identified long-term care facilities,” Righolt said.
It also found that young children are more likely to be asymptomatic carriers of the disease.
The findings are consistent with similar studies from the US.
But the data was collected largely before vaccines were widely available and before the now-dominant Delta variant spread.
The researchers say they now plan to study the vaccine’s impact and its effectiveness among different groups of people.
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