Reflecting on COVID-19 response, Montreal says it wants to pay more attention to mental health, inequalities – CBC

Pandemic had several ‘collateral effects,’ city’s public health director says

Nov 15, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic isn’t over yet, but that’s not stopping Montreal Public Health from reflecting on the last two and a half years and pointing out what it needs to do better in the event it is faced with a new, similar threat in the future.

According to a new report authored by Dr. Mylène Drouin, Montreal’s public health director, local decision-makers need to better monitor the “collateral” damages strict health measures can have on vulnerable populations.

The report looked into local health officials’ efforts to keep the spread of the virus under control during six waves of COVID-19 and how the pandemic upended life in Quebec, and more specifically in Montreal.

For much of 2020 and 2021, the city was viewed as the pandemic’s Canadian epicentre due to its high numbers of infections and deaths.

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