Lessons learned will prove crucial in preventing a second wave of COVID-19
2020-08-03 from theglobeandmail.com
When Canada confirmed its first case of the coronavirus in Toronto on Jan. 25, the virus was so new it didn’t even have a proper name. Only about 2,000 people were known to have been infected, and 56 deaths had been attributed to the disease, all of them in China.
In the seven months since officials announced that first case at a Saturday night news conference, Canada has learned many hard lessons about the disease now known as COVID-19. More than 116,000 Canadians have been infected. Almost 9,000 have died.
Reflecting on the early weeks, Bonnie Henry, the B.C. Provincial Health Officer who became a celebrity for her deft handling of the pandemic, said it took time for the gravity of the situation to sink in. Society would have to be shut down.
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