How Canada could avoid a 2nd wave of COVID-19

Thousands of people spend time on the beach by Lake Ontario in Toronto on Saturday. Experts say the likelihood of a second wave isn’t set in stone, and Canada could instead see several smaller waves in the coming months. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press)

(Adam Miller/ CBC News) — The first wave of COVID-19 is subsiding in Canada, with daily case numbers and hospitalizations falling to rates not seen since the beginning of the pandemic.

Predictions on when a second wave of COVID-19 could hit have ranged from the fall and winter months of this year, when flu season traditionally starts, to early next year, similar to the way the pandemic began.

But experts say the likelihood of a second wave isn’t set in stone, and Canada could instead see several smaller waves in the coming months or avoid a second wave altogether — especially if we keep our guard up.

“There’s actually nothing preordained about a second wave,” said Steven Hoffman, director of the Global Strategy Lab and a global health law professor at York University in Toronto who studies pandemics.

“We might have a second wave, we might have a third, fourth and fifth wave — we might not have a second wave at all.” (…)

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