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  1. Bob, as noted above, you are looking at older figures. The Delta variant has changed things for everyone, young people included. A new study published October 5 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal  found that the risks—not just the transmissibility—posed by the Delta variant are far greater than earlier versions of the virus. As reported in the Globe and Mail: “Compared to someone who caught COVID-19 in Canada a year ago, an individual who is infected with the Delta variant today is 108 per cent more likely to end up in hospital, 235 per cent more likely to be placed in ICU, and 133 per cent more likely to die.”

  2. In the US, where children are already back at school, the Guardian reports today: 

    "On a state level, local leaders have noticed a sharp uptick in cases among children. In Maricopa county, Arizona, home to Phoenix, children under 12 make up one-sixth of the county’s Covid cases, and 6% of hospitalizations are children. In Tennessee, children under 18 are making up nearly 40% of cases in the state, with over 14,000 cases among children. Texas has reported 20,256 positive cases in the new school year, along with 7,488 cases among staff.

    "By the end of August, children represented about 15% of all Covid-19 cases across the country."

  3. In regard to the recently announced new measures for schools and universities, a recent press release states: 

    UVic unions (CUPE 951, CUPE 4163, the UVic Chapter of the Professional Employees Association (PEA), and the UVic Faculty Association) welcome the BC government’s announcement today about mask mandates in post-secondary institutions, and the requirement for vaccinations for students in residence, food services and other “non-essential” spaces on campus. But, despite these positive measures, the updated guidelines ultimately come up short when it comes to protecting the health of students and employees.

    “These new rules will protect many of our members,” said CUPE 951 President Kirk Mercer. “However, UVic unions remain very concerned that universities cannot require vaccinations for students in classrooms. This is the most important measure needed to help protect the health and safety of students and employees.”

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