Living with COVID-19 means rethinking how we support vulnerable communities: Tam

Canada’s chief public health officer says stopping COVID-19 and any future outbreaks will require not only a permanent increase to how often we wash our hands, but a rethinking of how we manage the most vulnerable people in our communities.

Dr. Theresa Tam says there is still a lot we do not know about the novel coronavirus, including whether people can contract it more than once, or how many Canadians can actually have it.

She is on a new national task force that is trying to close those gaps by tracing how many people have already been exposed to the virus and whether any of them are now immune to it.

COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting Canada’s long-term care homes, as well as health-care workers, and employees at critical businesses including grocery stores and pharmacies.

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