As health officials continue to struggle to contain novel coronavirus causing devastation in Canada’s long-term care homes, experts say there are a number of changes that can be made to ensure this type of outbreak doesn’t happen again in the future.
According to Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, COVID-19-related deaths are occurring “disproportionately” among older adults living in long-term care and seniors homes.
Last week, the Public Health Agency of Canada released new COVID-19 data, which found long-term care and seniors’ homes account for 79 per cent of the total deaths in Canada.
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So far, the virus has claimed 3,915 across the country.
Speaking at a press conference last month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the situation “unacceptable,” saying Canada needs to “do better.”
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He said in the “weeks and months to come”, Canadians will all have to ask “tough questions” about how the situation occurred.
But experts say the cracks in the long-term care system were evident long before the pandemic began.
And they say once the pandemic ends,