The Second Wave
The school year is underway, businesses are trying to stay open and survive, many of us are stressed and struggling AND the second wave has arrived in Canada. More, the flu season is fast approaching, while bubbles are on their way out, red zones are in, and President Trump has contracted COVID-19.
Canadian MDs are concerned about the potential for outbreaks in seniors’ homes, the strain of influenza season on the health care system and the population not adhering to public health recommendations. Nevertheless, they believe our health care system is better prepared to cope with COVID-19 resurgences compared with the first wave.
In Dufferin County the current numbers of new cases of COVID-19 are too few to establish a clear trend but they have increased from the low numbers of July and August.
We have now had six long COVID months. Weary of the restrictions, we are apt to slack off and lower our guard, even listen to conspiracy theories.
To beat this, we need the same old prescription — social distancing, wearing a mask when indoors in public places, hand cleaning and not meeting in groups. These practices are our best strategy to prevent the wave from coming to Dufferin. While bracing for worse, our mood is to hang in there, support our families, our friends and the disadvantaged — and work at strengthening our emotional health.