A 2nd wave of COVID-19 is possible. Here’s what that means for Canada.

Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Dr. Theresa Tam listens to questions at a press conference on COVID-19 in Ottawa.
Source: Justin Tang/The Canadian Press

Date Published: March 25, 2020

Source: Global News

Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, warns that the virus has not peaked yet and could remain active for several more months, potentially with a second wave in the future. This statement is based on past pandemics of infectious diseases, such as the 1819 influenza pandemic which had three distinct peaks during its course. Dr. Jeff Kwong states that if there is a second wave, it will likely be when social-distancing measures, which remains the most effective strategy for flattening the curve, are relaxed. In regards to severity, Dr. Kwong notes that with viruses such as H1N1, countries with a large first wave typically saw a smaller second one and vice versa. As of last Wednesday, China has begun lifting their social-distancing measures, which had been in place for two months, and infection trends in the next few weeks will provide valuable information for the behaviour of COVID-19 in Canada. 

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Summary by: Sophia Duong