3 key factors in how Canada will fare during the 4th wave of COVID-19 – CBC

Vaccination rates, strategies, public health measures will play role in weeks ahead

Aug 24, 2021

It’s tough — even impossible — to predict exactly how Canada will fare in the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. And looking for clues from other countries only gets you so far.

Some regions are being overwhelmed, yet again, by this virus; others are avoiding catastrophe largely thanks to high vaccine uptake and other precautions. Widely different policy decisions and levels of restrictions also mean there’s no one-size-fits-all outcome.

So what will determine Canada’s experience in the months ahead?

Multiple experts told CBC News that there are a few key factors in how the pandemic will play out as the delta variant continues spreading.

According to Matthew Miller, an associate professor of infectious diseases and immunology at McMaster University in Hamilton, there’s also good reason to hope that Canada might fare even better than many other countries with similar public health measures, thanks to our high vaccination rate and unique approach to immunizing residents.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/canada-covid-fourth-wave-factors-1.6150366

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