Epidemiologists brace for 2nd wave — and it may come in September
2020-05-20 from cbc.ca
It may seem like things are returning to normal as the unprecedented rules and restrictions that have governed our lives over the past two months are slowly but surely loosened.
This week, some retailers in Ontario reopened their doors. Golfers and tennis players hit the links and the courts, and even if you can't get a haircut, your dog can now go in for a trim. In Quebec, police checkpoints have disappeared from bridges and elementary students are back in school.
But epidemiologists are warning it's still too early to let our guard down as they look ahead to the inevitable second wave of COVID-19 and the surge of sickness and death it could bring.
"Until we get the vaccine, I don't think we can really avoid the second wave," said Rama Nair, an expert in epidemiology with 40 years experience as a teacher and researcher at the University of Ottawa.
Nair believes returning too quickly to our pre-COVID-19 lives, when we hugged friends and went hours without washing our hands, could undo the gains we've made in pinning down the novel coronavirus.
"It's not just going to disappear," Nair said. "We haven't reached anywhere near the herd immunity that we require to avoid a second wave."
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