A contagious variant of COVID-19 has now made its way to all 10 provinces in Canada. As the nation's top doctor warned yet again of the dangers of lifting public health restrictions at this stage of the pandemic.
Fears are mounting that Canada could see a third wave of COVID-19 infections in the next coming weeks, as variants of the novel coronavirus spread even to remote regions of the country.
Prince Edward Island confirmed its first case of the variant that originated in the United Kingdom on Saturday in a patient who was first diagnosed on Feb. 4 and has a history of international travel. Two remote First Nations communities have even logged probable cases of B.1.1.7, the strain that was first detected in the U.K.
Experts are concerned that vaccinations will not be able to outpace the spread of coronavirus variants as parts of the country slowly begin to reopen. Officials have logged more than 500 cases of more transmissible strains of the virus, likely an exceedingly underestimated figure
Unfortunately, at this point it seems as though a 3rd wave is very much already on its way. Now that schools are reopening and with parts of the country slowly opening up, there is certainly the possibility we could have another wave. “When” is the burning question on all experts' minds, but April/May 2021 has been repeated a few times from sources.
Can We Stall a 3rd Wave?
Last month Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged the public to refrain from unnecessary travel and gatherings as the Family Day long weekend approached, noting a fast-tracked shipment of millions of COVID-19 vaccines in coming months will not be enough to combat the variants that have overtaken other countries. If we navigate the next few months until vaccination is more widespread, we can certainly avoid a third wave.
Regardless if a 3rd wave is slowly making its way across the country or not we all must be diligent in slowing down the spread to COVID-19 and its new variants. Be sure to always follow and respect your local guidelines, practice social distancing measures and follow your local restrictions that have been put in place. As always, do your part to keep yourself and others safe by wearing proper Medical PPE such as medical masks, face shield, and gloves.
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