How Canada has avoided a surge of COVID-19 cases in hospitals

Canadian hospitals and ICUs have so far successfully managed to avoid being overwhelmed by COVID-19 cases. 

Date Published: April 16, 2020

Source: CBC

Due to successful public health measures taken to date, Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam noted that the rate of new reported cases in Canada has gone from doubling every three days at the onset of the pandemic to doubling approximately every 10 days. The slowing of transmission in our communities has allowed hospitals across the country to manage their capacity well. Health officials continue to urge the importance of physical distancing measures to maintain the current trajectory that Canada is on, and they caution that if any measures are lifted in the near future, it would need to be done in a cautious manner. Despite the good news so far, however, there is additional attention being drawn to the current situation of COVID-19 outbreaks in multiple nursing and long-term care homes across the country as well as the continued overall volatility of the pandemic.

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Summary by: Vincent Tang