The COVID-19 curve is no longer flattening in Canada
Much like a yoga mat that you rolled up tightly, the COVID-19 curve in Canada is no longer lying flat — and like that mat, it's going to take some work to get it that way again.
Over the past week, an average of 545 new COVID-19 cases have been reported in Canada each day.
That's a 25 per cent increase in cases from the previous week.
The culprits behind the uptick? Well, it's us.
4/4 Now is not the time for #COVID19 complacency. To reduce community transmission, keep up with effective #publichealth practices like #PhysicalDistancing, #handwashing and wearing masks or face coverings. #MaskOn— Dr. Theresa Tam (@CPHO_Canada) September 8, 2020
In our haste to get back to the office, host summer barbecues, attend weddings and catch up with friends, we seem to have temporarily forgotten how to social distance.
And it's reflected in the numbers.
On Tuesday, Ontario reported almost 400 new cases over the last two days, which resembles daily case counts in July.
Alberta reported a staggering 619 new cases over the Labour Day long weekend, amounting to a total of 1,692 active cases across the province: the highest total since early May.
B.C. reported a total of 429 new COVID-19 cases over the Labour Day long weekend. The province reported its largest daily case load on Aug. 27, with 124 new cases.
In response, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry ordered all nightclubs and banquet halls across B.C. to close down on Tuesday, effective immediately.
Only Atlantic Canada continues to keep case numbers low.
The situation isn't as bad as it was in, say, April — but it could certainly become that way again.
Pandemic fatigue is a real thing. After months of isolation, the desire to sit at a cafe with friends and go to clubs and to just get back to your pre-COVID lifestyle is completely understandable.
But we can't do it just yet.
Nobody is excited to wear a face mask (with the exception of people attending virtual masquerades, maybe). Nobody wants to choose select friends to see, or to carry hand sanitizer with them like it's their full-time job.
But we have to do it. Not for ourselves, but for the Canadians that are the most vulnerable.
In the wise words of Canadian actor Seth Rogen: "Please do not go out to parties and BBQs and other large gatherings! The COVID is still out there! It's more fun to hang out alone and smoke weed and watch movies and TV shows anyway! Do that instead! Thank you!"
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