The resurgence of COVID-19 cases in Europe and the introduction of new lockdowns to prevent overcrowding in health systems are instructive to Canada.
As infections on the continent crossed 10 million, France closed bars and restaurants on Friday, while Germany did the same on Monday. Anyone leaving their home in Paris will need signed documentation. In Germany, people are urged to stay away from unnecessary travel.
German Health Minister Jens Spann, who chaired a video conference of European European health ministers, told reporters on Friday, “Given the highly dynamic situation in Europe, we need to reduce relations equally in almost all European countries.”
EU Health Commissioner Stella Kiriakides echoed the call.
“With the limitations of daily life to break the transmission chain, we have to pull it where it is needed,” she told a video conference.
Health authorities are imposing strict restrictions on business and social life to prevent public health systems from cracking under the pressure of many cases of COVID-19 at once.
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CBC News asked experts if Canada would be available on the same boat for several weeks from now.
Dr. Andrew Morris, an infectious disease specialist at the Sinai Health System and the University Health Network in Toronto, said the answer was yes if Canada continued the current way of handling COVID-19 cases.
“It’s not very different from how they handle it in Europe,” Morris said. “If I continue on the same path as the Europeans went, we will end up in the same situation, probably on the road for one to two months.”
Europe and North America “Hammer and dance“Procedure for COVID-19: striking the virus with lockdowns, then reopening and attempting to maintain low-level transmission.
Asian countries such as Japan and South Korea a A different approach Aggressively examining, locating and isolating cases, Morris said.
“What they were trying to do was not just hit it the first time, it would not let COVID come out of any level again after that initial hammer.”
Similar trajectories are not set with stone
Dr. Jain Chagla, an associate professor in the medical department at McMaster University and an infectious disease doctor in Hamilton, agreed that Canada goes the same way as Europe.
However, he warned that it would be difficult to make such international comparisons to the specific aspects of each country, which are not necessarily reflected in case calculations such as age and density of population, as well as ease of travel.
“It’s a scenario, but it doesn’t need our future,” Chagla said of applying the European experience here.
He said Europe’s experience about COVID fatigue teaches an important lesson.
“You’re getting less and less public buying, and it’s important to get that communication out there and get people to be a shareholder,” he said.
Chagla says greater transparency – such as showing the chains that broadcast people without invading their privacy – will help convince Canadians Minimize their contacts, As requested by Dr. Theresa Tom, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, on Friday.
Dr. Peter Juni, a professor of epidemiology and medicine at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, is watching the pandemic play not only in Canada but also in his native Switzerland.
Juni ‘s example is a Yodelling concert It has become a very widespread event in rural Switzerland. He suggested that if Canadian officials told the public how many broadcast chains there were for a single event, such as a funeral, it would help determine how quickly and easily the virus spreads under certain circumstances.
Canadians can then better predict what will happen High-risk setting, Such as closed, poorly ventilated areas filled with close-range conversations.
“I think it’s important now to say that we’ve really achieved a lot,” Juni said of spring, summer and fall. “We can continue with that.”
Juni said that while the winter was long, Canadian culture was rooted in governance and had the resilience to help people in the COVID-19 hurricane weather.