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Public Health and Emergency Measures Working Group, Summary Discussion: Lessons from the First Wave of COVID-19   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Introduction: "This Communiqué provides a summary of discussions, insights and observations from the Public Health and Emergency Measures Working Group. The group met frequently during the first wave of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] to provide timely insights to policymakers and the public about the various challenges the healthcare system had to manage. As case numbers grow across Canada, insights from the first wave of COVID-19 can be applied to better manage infection risks while also minimizing social and economic disruption caused by public health and social distancing related restrictions on activity. Health policy issues highlighted by the COVID-19 crisis are both short and long term in nature. In the short term, maintaining the capacity of the healthcare system to manage surges of COVID-19, while also ensuring minimal negative health and economic outcomes, is the main priority. The pandemic has resulted in drastic changes to how Canadians access healthcare services, which present an opportunity to incorporate positive change into the 'new normal' of health system operations."

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2020-10-28
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C.D. Howe Institute
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