Canada’s top doctor on preparing for the next battle with COVID-19, and future epidemics – CTV

Dec. 22, 2022

Canada’s chief public health officer says COVID-19 is still circulating at a “relatively high level” and other strains of influenza may surge in the new year.

At the same time, governments need to invest in preparing for and preventing future epidemics, Dr. Theresa Tam says.

In a year-end interview with The Canadian Press, Tam urged Canadians to “remain vigilant” and said what happens next with COVID-19 and flu depends largely on people taking precautions for the holidays — including staying up to date with vaccinations, masking indoors in crowded conditions or when seeing vulnerable family members and staying home when not feeling well.

“I always say that, you know, we own the situation,” she said. “We can make the decision and influence the trajectory of the pandemic curve. We know what we could do to reduce our risks, particularly when the hospitals are so pressured.”

Tam said it’s also important to remember that the antiviral drug Paxlovid is available for people who do get sick to decrease their risk of severe illness and hospitalization.

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