If you’re at home feeling like March has lasted an actual eternity, you’re not the only one. Fortunately, there are some answers on the horizon, and we’re about to learn whether social distancing in Canada has been effective. According to Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, this week is going to be “very important.”
For several weeks, Canadians across the country have been practicing social distancing, as workplaces, schools, restaurants, bars, and other non-essential facilities have closed their doors to the public.
As increasingly strong measures continue to be put in place, we’re on the brink of learning whether our efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 have been working.
According to Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, this week could be the most important one so far.
Because the virus has an incubation period of approximately 14 days, it has not yet been possible to accurately assess if Canada’s social distancing measures have been working. Until now, that is.
This week, we can expect to see data that reflects the new action that we’ve taken, and hopefully, it will show a reduction in the rate of spread, Tam explained on Sunday.
“Next week will be very important in terms of looking at those trends," she noted.
COVID-19 update from Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's chief public health officer (as of noon March 29): - 5,866 cases, 6… https://t.co/QrZDYvaoUZ— CPAC (@CPAC)1585499783.0
In particular, Dr. Tam explained, health officials will be looking at Ontario, Quebec and Alberta. Here, the number of cases continues to rise, and the virus is being transmitted via people within the community.
Officials will be looking for evidence that social distancing is working, and this will hopefully be proven by a decrease in the number of newly confirmed cases.
This is a trend that has already been seen in B.C., which has got health officials feeling “cautiously optimistic.”
1/5 #COVID19 cases continue to ↑ across 🇨🇦, over 6,100 cases. At any one time, there are many others under investig… https://t.co/1Kjn2YEmzG— Dr. Theresa Tam (@Dr. Theresa Tam)1585530002.0
Taking to Twitter last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged Canadians to keep up the new social distancing measures, and to "keep listening to experts like Dr. Tam."
"It’ll keep you, your loved ones, and front line workers safe," he said.
As many of us head into another week of working from home, let’s keep listening to experts like Dr. Tam. If you don… https://t.co/DTldy0QCGj— Justin Trudeau (@Justin Trudeau)1585575144.0
As of 12:00 p.m. on Monday, there are 6,320 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada.
Quebec has 2,840 cases, while 1,355 are in Ontario.
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