The Canadian government has been reopening shopping malls, amusement parks, and beaches, even hair salons for the public as Coronavirus cases there see a decline.
The United States has been loosening up some of its lockdown measures too, that it put to halt the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak.
With more than 60,000 new cases and at least 1,000 deaths daily, topping the charts at a Hamilton shy of 3.5 million total Coronavirus cases, the highest of any country in the entire world.
It is evident now that Coronavirus is here to stay even after vaccines and medicines are made available. Speculations are that medical treatment won’t halt the virus all at once but rather resist its growth.
The same happened with Polio a decade ago. The question now is how people can get back to their usual lives in the safest ways possible.
Tim Sly, a retired professor of public health from the Ryerson University in Toronto who is now an expert in epidemiology, food-borne illness, and risk assessment and communication, said that there is nothing that is completely and a hundred percent safe right now; not everything is completely unsafe either.
Cynthia Carr, a renowned epidemiologist and health policy expert at the EPI Research in Canada, said, “A person’s vulnerability to becoming infected by the Coronavirus depends on certain factors like, how long the person has been exposed to another person already carrying the virus.
It is the amount of ventilation or air circulation and as to how contagious the person is. You would not know that but that is the real reason why you would want to stay as distant as possible from other people.”
Andrew Morris, who is an expert in contagious disease and a senior medical professor at the University of Toronto said, “It is important as to how many people will take part in outdoor activities and how long they will be indoors after that. It also depends on the amount of time you spend time with other people.
Simply put, staying away from crowds and gatherings of people in large numbers in the fundamental way of keeping oneself safe from the virus.”
Going to a park, outdoor hangouts, camping, going to the beach are at a lower risk, provided there are fewer people there and you’re wearing a mask at all times.
Attending a barbecue party at someone’s backyard, going to a restaurant or museum, getting a haircut, going to the mall, or using a public bathroom present themselves at a higher risk, however.