COVID-19 2.0: As London’s first wave tapers off, what to expect from a second


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“There is an open question of whether or not the season will have an impact on the COVID-19 resurgence, but there is even greater concern about how behavior or social restrictions will influence a resurgence.” , Summers said.

“As physical distance restrictions are relaxed, we need to anticipate pockets of transmission.”

Other pandemics, including H1N1 in 2009 and the Spanish flu of 1918, have unfolded in waves. Other countries that were affected by COVID-19 before Canada, including South Korea and Italy, showed ripples of the virus after the initial wave.

The end of the first wave will be long, and we likely won’t see extended days without a new case for some time in Ontario or Canada, said Saverio Stranges, director of epidemiology and biostatistics at the Schulich School of Medicine of the ‘Western University and Dentistry.

According to a number of factors, the COVID-19 resurgence that experts continue to talk about could look like smaller outbreaks localized along the long tail of the first wave instead of a clean break, said Strange.

“Due to the mobility and reopening of the economy, I think we might see clusters in the near future that might be driven by work situations or people traveling between countries, because that’s what we are also observing in Europe ”. Said Stranges.

“I think this is what we need to continue to monitor for the weeks or months to come.”

London-Middlesex statistics throughout the COVID-19 pandemic (Juanita Sims / The London Free Press)

Stocker:The agency that supplies hospitals in London and 16 others in southwestern Ontario is adjusting its supply of masks, gowns and gloves just in case after going through its 90-day emergency supply of masks in one week at the start of the crisis. Before the pandemic, health equipment management services sent around 5,500 masks every day; which soared to nearly 30,000 when the COVID-19 crisis hit. The group, a joint venture of London hospitals, now has three million masks, enough to meet 100 days of existing demand.


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