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Too soon Canada can learn from other countries about lifting lock down measures.

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Published on May 13, 2020 with No Comments

As Canada moves to start easing lockdown measures, experts say there are key lessons we can learn from other countries to avoid risking a sudden spike in new COVID-19 cases.

Countries like South Korea and Germany lifted some restrictions and have faced setbacks — but also did some things right. 

What they’ve shown is that easing measures could result in new outbreaks and a return to restrictions if not handled correctly. Experts say effective testing, tracing and isolating of cases need to be put in place before reopening.

“Shutting your eyes and trying to drive through this blind is about as silly an equation as I’ve seen,” Dr. Mike Ryan, the World Health Organization’s top emergencies expert, said this week.

“And I’m really concerned that certain countries are setting themselves up for some seriously blind driving over the next few months.”

Officials have so far identified 10,905 people who were in the Itaewon area when the cluster of cases is believed to have occurred, and have tested 7,272, including family members or co-workers of clubgoers, with 1,982 still outstanding. 

“It’s not over until it’s over,” President Moon Jae-in added on Sunday. “We must never lower our guard on epidemic prevention.”

Raywat Deonandan, an associate professor at the University of Ottawa and a global health epidemiologist, said that while the incident was unfortunate, it could have been much worse. 

“The positive is that they were able to track this person and eventually get a handle on those outbreaks and prevent them from becoming epidemics,” he said. 

“The goal here is to prevent a handful of cases from becoming an outbreak and prevent an outbreak from becoming an epidemic — and they succeeded.”

 

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