As Canada enters another week of staying at home, physical distancing, and increased health measures in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many are wondering when will Canadians be able to return to the normal life they knew before the pandemic began.
Today these questions were answered by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at his daily press conference from Rideau Cottage in Ottawa.
“Normality as it was before will not come back full-on until we get a vaccine for this…That will be a very long way off,” said the Prime Minister. “We will have to remain vigilant for at least a year”.
These remarks came after the release of the projection models that federal health officials have been using to inform Canada’s response to the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. While it is important to note that these models are only estimates drawn by the best data currently available to public health officials, these models and estimates may change over time as data may fluctuate.
At present, the models are suggesting that the first wave of the coronavirus could end sometime in the summer, however smaller waves of potential outbreaks can occur in the latter half of the 2020 year.
Dr Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, emphasized that public health controls and surveillance would have to continue to ensure the “chains” of the virus wouldn’t “reignite”.
She also reiterated the importance of strong epidemic control measures, such as physical distancing and asking for Canadians to continue to stay home, as the models forecast between 11,000 and 22,000 deaths could occur due to the pandemic.
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