“I think this summer, I believe this summer, we will have the opportunity to have many more social connections than we have had in the past month to six weeks,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry on Friday. , at a press conference on British Columbia. s latest epidemiological modeling of COVID-19.
” But we are not there yet. So I ask for patience, “she added, warning that the lifting of all measures put in place to mitigate the epidemic in British Columbia. will be progressive and probably partial.
In fact, some of the physical distancing measures adopted to help smooth the curve in British Columbia. will likely be in place until a vaccine is developed.
Health officials also do not know if there will be a resurgence of cases during the next flu season in the fall.
“This is not the end for us,” said Henry, quoting British wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill. “It is not even the beginning of the end. It may be the end of the beginning. “
And even if people can travel again, it probably won’t happen for another year or 18 months, said Henry.
Countries around the world, including Canada, have restricted their borders or ground flights in response to COVID-19.
“International travel, the way we think about it, and the meetings where we all met or conferences, it won’t happen this year,” said Henry.
“It will not happen this year anywhere in the world. And we all look at it … Italy is in shock, Spain is in shock, the United States is still recovering. “