Libby Znaimer is joined by Dr. Colin Furness, an infection control epidemiologist and an assistant professor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information, and Dr. Raywat Deonandan, an epidemiologist and associate professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, is warning Canadians that the pandemic will come back “faster and stronger” if we don’t change our behaviours with regards to social distancing and more. The latest federal COVID-19 modeling (from this week) looks grim and indicates that, in the short term, the spread of the virus will escalate. The country is predicting upwards of 155,795 total cases and 9,300 deaths by October 2 unless Canadians make a drastic collective effort to adopt strict health precautions similar to those we adopted in the early months of the pandemic. Libby and our epidemiologists discuss the latest grim numbers and what we can do to better protect ourselves and others as we get through the Fall flu season.