Prof. Amy Greer, Department of Population Medicine, was a guest on CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks on May 30. Greer cautioned against the easing of COVID-19 physical distancing measures.
Host Bob McDonald said measures to limit the spread of the disease appear to be “moving from a pitched battle with the virus to something more like a delicate dance.” Lockdowns are easing, social isolation lifting and optimism about controlling the disease is growing.
But Greer said daily case counts remain high, especially in Ontario. And it is worrying that compliance with physical distancing measures “is starting to wane.”
There remain limited testing and contact tracing capabilities for the disease, she said. And as contact between people increases, we should expect to see continued disease transmission.
Greer is the Canada Research Chair in Population Disease Modelling.