Sunday, April 4, 2021

2 doctors on how to deal with Canada’s coronavirus 3rd wave

CBC News: The National shows infectious disease specialists Dr. Lynora Saxinger and Dr. Zain Chagla discuss the latest restrictions in several Canadian provinces and how they're feeling about where Canadians are in the third wave.

The COVID-19 pandemic in Canada is part of the ongoing worldwide pandemic of so-called coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The dangerous deadly virus was confirmed to have reached Canada on January 27, 2020, after an individual who had returned to Toronto from Wuhan, Hubei, China, tested positive.

Canadian nation-wide cases, hospitalizations and deaths spiked preceding and following the Christmas and holiday season in December 2020 and January 2021. Alarmed by hospital capacity issues, fatalities and new cases, heavy restrictions (such as lockdowns and curfews) were put in place in affected areas (primarily Ontario, Quebec and Alberta) and across the country of Canada, which has resulted in active cases beginning to steadily decline, reaching a plateau in active cases in mid-February 2021. During a "third wave" of the dangerous virus, cases certainly began rising across most provinces west of Atlantic Canada in mid-March, prompting further lockdowns and restrictions in the most populous provinces like Ontario and Quebec.

Canada's mass vaccinations began nation-wide December 14, 2020.

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