Learning to live with COVID: why some experts say it’s time to ‘manage’ the virus – CBC

The Omicron variant has changed the nature of the pandemic, making it far harder to contain

Jan 08, 2022

The lightning-fast spread of the Omicron variant is prompting some of the country’s top public health officials to rethink their approach to COVID-19 — and to acknowledge that Canadians should get used to living with the virus.

One of them is Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health.

“At some point in time, we are going to have to say we have to move away and accept that the virus that causes COVID is going to be around with us,” Strang said in an interview airing Saturday on CBC’s The House.

Strang said the goal should be to “manage” COVID-19 “based on having good levels of immunity from both vaccination and infection … [so] that we no longer have to have these wide restrictive measures and have this huge focus of trying to identify as many cases as possible.”

That’s a significant departure from the approach most governments have taken since COVID-19 emerged in Canada nearly two years ago.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thehouse/covid-pandemic-vaccine-omicron-1.6307272

NationTalk Partners & Sponsors Learn More