The Federal health officials have warned the Canadians of a likelihood of a second wave of COVID-19 if they don’t redouble efforts to limit the number of close contacts they have, observe social distancing, wear masks when in public, and stay home if experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. The officials released updated national COVID-19 modeling on Tuesday, which shows that in the short-term, Canada’s epidemic is set to keep growing, predicting up to 155,795 total cases and 9,300 deaths by Oct. 2.
Health Minister Patty Hajdu said, “All of us have the future in our hands in terms of the decisions we’re making today, those decisions that we make today to say ‘no,’ to connect in different ways, to keep our gathering sizes small, to ensure that we’re not socializing more than necessary, are going actually to help drive the cases down. It’s a sacrifice that we all have to make.”
Similarly, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, has warned that if Canada maintains its current rate of contacts, the epidemic will come back “faster and stronger.” She noted that the Canadian Cases reported currently reflected increasing transmission about two weeks ago. Besides, she said the projections indicated that It’s time to re-adopt the personal protection and separation measures reinforced in March and April to have a chance at reversing the epidemic growth.
Additionally, Tam said that with minimal controls, the epidemic in Canada is capable of surging into a “very sharp and intense peak” because most Canadians don’t have immunity to the virus. According to her, the surge could overwhelm their health system capacity and significantly impact social and economic systems.
The new modeling shows that the spread of COVID-19 is stepping up on a national scale, but unevenly across Canada. This data also indicates that the rate of infections has hit people between the ages of 20 and 39.