TODAY MARKS TWO YEARS SINCE COVID-19 WAS FIRST REPORTED IN CANADA
Libby Znaimer is joined by Dr. Alon Vaisman, Infectious Diseases, Infection Control Physician, University Health Network, Dr. Prabhat Jha, Epidemiologist, and Faculty Member at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Dr. Colin Furness, an infection control epidemiologist and an assistant professor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information.
Today marks two years since the ‘novel coronavirus’ was first detected in Canada, at Sunnybrook hospital in Toronto. One week later, the World Health Organization would declare it a public health emergency of international concern and it would ultimately become a pandemic by March 11th. Since then, Canada has recorded almost 3-million cases and over 32,000 deaths. The past two years of COVID-19 have taken a toll on our long-term care homes, health care system and mental health with many losing loved ones to the virus. Our panel of infectious diseases experts reflect on this grim anniversary and what the pandemic might look like in the months and years to come.