From vaccine effectiveness to visiting parents on vacation: Experts answer your questions about COVID-19

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CBC The National hosts a special town hall live at 8 p.m. ET. You can watch this show live in this story and submit questions to [email protected] or via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram during the feed.


The COVID-19 pandemic has severely disrupted lives across the country – affecting work, school, family and the economy.

Several provinces are now in the midst of the second wave of the pandemic, which is breaking record numbers of cases and straining health care systems. More than 12,000 Canadians have died since the start of the pandemic.

The federal government is looking to deploy millions of doses of the vaccine – “as quickly as possible,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday – but until then, Canadians continue to battle the effects of the pandemic. One wonders whether schools should stay open or closed, whether there is enough support for struggling businesses and what to do if you can’t work from home.

CBC The National is hosting a special Tuesday, live at 8 p.m. ET, to answer these and other questions about the state of the country during this crisis. A panel of healthcare and infectious disease experts will be ready to provide the most recent information.

Viewers can submit questions via email to [email protected] or during the broadcast on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Other Canadians will share their stories of how they are dealing with the pandemic and their concerns about the future. They include:

Mom worries about her children’s mental health

Leah Gibbons lives with her husband Larry, their five children and a four month old grandson in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. Gibbons’ biggest worry as the pandemic rages on is how his children are going to cope with being locked together indoors and maintaining their income when schools are closed. 1:01

Leah Gibbons is a school bus driver and mother of six who lives in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. She is currently not working because schools are closed and worries about how her children will deal with being stuck inside during a long winter. Gibbons and her husband are both trying to make ends meet as the bills continue to pile up.

Restaurant manager worried about industry survival

Meaghan Murray has spent 20 years working in the restaurant industry. But the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a drastic reduction in her work and salary, and she is struggling to pay her bills. She wonders if she will be able to find work in another field. 1:05

Toronto restaurant manager Meaghan Murray has worked in the hospitality industry for more than two decades and has seen her hours drastically reduced due to the pandemic. She’s started a few scrambles, including a soup business, but it’s not enough to cover her expenses. Murray says she is unsure of the rest of her career and the industry in general.

Realtors worry about what Wave 2 means for work and home

Beth and Ryan Waller live in Guelph, Ontario, and own and operate their own real estate company. Learning to do your homework while helping your children and making sure they attend school was a challenge. But what will be the impact of the second wave on their activity? 0:57

Beth and Ryan Waller moved to Guelph, Ont., To raise their family and start a real estate company in 2008. Helping their three daughters with homeschooling and their missing friends was a challenge, as was the job. home. But they are also anticipating uncertainty in the housing market, as infections continue to rise in Ontario.

Gym owner trying to stay profitable

Jennifer Lau’s boutique fitness studio has been closed longer than it has been because she first launched the business in August 2019. She says the government has not provided enough support to the health and wellness industry and that she’ll need to find creative ways to keep her studio profitable. 1:06

Jennifer Lau opened her small business, a boutique gym in Toronto, in the summer of 2019. They were only open a few months before the first lockdown in March. Lau is concerned that he will not receive enough financial support to prevent the gym from closing for good and wonders if the company will survive the second lockdown.

Nurse hopes pandemic has shown the importance of community

Verena Rizg lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia and says she is at risk for those most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. But she hopes more will recognize the importance of community, because it is needed more than ever. 1:05

Verena Rizg, a Canadian Armed Forces nurse practitioner, says she has treated those most suffering from COVID-19. But she has also seen communities working hard to support each other. She hopes the behavior will continue after the crisis is over.

Logistics coordinator faces challenges of living alone in Nunavut

Randy Miller is 61 years old and has lived in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut for 35 years. The COVID-19 pandemic has made living alone more difficult as he cannot visit friends and family in the South, as he typically does several times a year. 1:02

Randy Miller has lived in Nunavut for 35 years and works as a Logistics Coordinator for Nunavut Canada. But while he typically visited friends and family in the South several times a year, his visits were cut short due to the pandemic. He says living alone without reprieve has been difficult.



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