Variants could spark resurgence even under current

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With COVID-19 variants of concern continuing to spread across Canada, new national modelling shows that even the current level of public health measures will not be enough to prevent a resurgence of the virus nationwideSouthern Alberta residents line up to get shots of a COVID-19 vaccine from a Montana tribe in Carway.

The dire warning comes as part of the Public Health Agency of Canada’s (PHAC) new pandemic projectionsMany residents in a Toronto Community Housing building on Weston Road opened their doors Friday morning surprised to see two Humber River Hospital staff in yellow protective gear.

Looking at only non-variant COVID-19 spread, if Canadians maintain their current number of contacts the epidemic will continue to come under control. Factoring in the more contagious variantsOntario asks for COVID help — but here, the trajectory changes considerably and cases will spike again under Canadians’ current level of precautions and restrictionsIndoor household gatherings.

The presentation made by Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam and Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Howard Njoo notes that, with variants of concern now detected in all provinces with “increasing prevalence and spread,” if Canada wants to keep flattening the pandemic curve, more stringent public health measures and individual precautions are neededthey can protect themselves..

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