As the Omicron COVID-19 variant continues to drive increased cases and hospital admissions in Canada, several jurisdictions have changed the way they report hospitalizations. They now separate between those who are admitted due to COVID-19 and those who are admitted for another reason but test positive during screening.
This is often being referred to as an “incidental COVID hospitalization” which means people in hospital with the disease are not necessarily there because of COVID-19.
But doctors say there is a lot more to an incidental case than someone testing positive despite coming in for something like a broken arm or a fall. Sean Previl breaks down what “incidental COVID” means and why medical professionals are saying the numbers don’t tell the whole story.
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