Omicron hit half of Manitobans: study
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More than half of Manitobans caught COVID-19 during the Omicron wave, a new study of blood tests suggests.
Between 50 and 60 per cent of Canadians in western and central provinces, including Manitoba, had been infected with the novel coronavirus by the end of May, and most of those infections happened after Omicron took hold across the country late last year, according to the study released Wednesday by the federally-funded COVID-19 Immunity Task Force.
The study analysed various blood samples from Canadian blood donations and blood tests to look for the presence of post-infection antibodies from December 2021 to May 2022.
More than 17 million Canadians contracted Omicron, the study estimates, showing there were 100,000 additional infections per day compared with the Delta wave.
Younger and unvaccinated Canadians were most likely to have contracted the Omicron variant, the study shows.