A Toronto expert is warning residents that a third wave could see Ontario’s COVID-19 cases get higher than ever before.
Dr. Colin Furness, an assistant professor at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Information, told Narcity that Ontario could see higher case counts than ever before due to new COVID-19 variants of concern.
We are now trying to do the right things, but my worry is that it’s a bit too little and a bit too late.
Dr. Colin Furness
Canada has started cracking down on air travel, but Furness said the variants of concern are already “loose in the community.”
“Experience in other countries [..] shows giant spikes once these [variants of concern] become dominant,” Furness said. “I’m expecting a similar pattern here.”
Ontario public health experts predict a rise in cases could happen in March and April, and Furness said the good news is that warmer weather will make case numbers go down faster.
But the spike would bring a "serious risk" of overwhelming hospitals in the province.
“That would increase mortality a great deal,” Furness said.
Ontario is testing all COVID-19 cases to try and find the variants of concern, which Furness said is the right thing to do.
“But my worry is that it’s a bit too little and a bit too late to prevent the contagious variants from taking hold,” he said.
“As I always say about this, however, I hope I’m wrong.”