Do you think we here in Ontario will experience a second wave of COVID-19 and if so when do you think it will occur?




Answered by Dr. Susy Hota, Medical Director, Infection Prevention & Control, UHN and Dr. Shaf Keshavjee, Surgeon-in-Chief, Sprott Department of Surgery; Director, Toronto Lung Transplant Program; Director, Latner Thoracic Research Laboratories; James Wallace McCutcheon Chair in Surgery, UHN.

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Question:
Do you think we here in Ontario will experience a second wave of COVID-19 and if so when do you think will occur?

Answer:
I mean I do think there's still a very large number of susceptible Ontarians out there who have not been exposed to this virus or infected with it and so I do feel we are very likely to have a second wave in fact we might have a pretty complicated looking curve depending on you know...

[Transcript copy is verbatim per the video]
Original air date: May 28, 2020. Information shared in this video was current at time of original broadcast.

Dr. Susy Hota:
I mean I do think there's still a very large number of susceptible Ontarians out there who have not been exposed to this virus or infected with it and so I do feel we are very likely to have a second wave in fact we might have a pretty complicated looking curve depending on you know how things go when we start to slowly loosen restrictions, it might not look like waves it might just look like plateauing and then restarting a little bit and plateauing and restarting. So I think we should be prepared for any of it. What I worry the most about is what will come in the fall so if we're still in that kind of pattern of trying to you know keep things at a plateau and the fall hits where we have other respiratory viruses as well I think that can be a very complicated scenario for people and a very difficult time for healthcare as well to try and understand what's going on and deal with it.

Dr. Shaf Keshavjee:
I think the other part of it is also going to be you know we see the results of what we did two or three weeks ago in the community playing out now right, so there might be not just a second wave with multiple waves but hopefully little waves like we're seeing a slight increase in activity in Ontario right now and we don't know if that's random or if it's related to the Mother's Day weekend where people started to go out so we'll have to really keep a close eye on it and if it starts to get worrisome, back off again.

[Transcript copy is verbatim per the video]
Original air date: May 28, 2020. Information shared in this video was current at time of original broadcast.




Answered by Dr. Susy Hota, Medical Director, Infection Prevention & Control, UHN and Dr. Shaf Keshavjee, Surgeon-in-Chief, Sprott Department of Surgery; Director, Toronto Lung Transplant Program; Director, Latner Thoracic Research Laboratories; James Wallace McCutcheon Chair in Surgery, UHN.

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