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FULL EPISODE: Is it time to start living with COVID-19?
COVID-19 infections related to the Omicron variant have peaked in Canada, according to Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's chief public health officer. But hospitalizations and ICU admissions remain high across the country. Meanwhile, many Canadians are asking how much longer pandemic restrictions will last.
Our question this week: Is it time to start living with COVID-19? Should restrictions be eased where you live?
Dr. Peter Juni, science advisor for the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, discusses the current state of the pandemic; Dr. Stephen Flindall, an Ontario-based emergency department physician, weighs in on the effect loosening restrictions could have on hospitals; and Esyllt Jones, an infectious disease historian and professor at the University of Manitoba, on what past pandemics can tell us about where we go next.
Plus, Ask Me Anything with Charles Bordeleau, former chief of the Ottawa Police service and now a public safety consultant, on the ongoing protests against pandemic restrictions in Ottawa.